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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743160/the-prognostic-utility-of-baseline-alpha-fetoprotein-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
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Jack P Silva, Richard A Gorman, Nicholas G Berger, Susan Tsai, Kathleen K Christians, Callisia N Clarke, Harveshp Mogal, T Clark Gamblin
INTRODUCTION: Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) has a valuable role in postoperative surveillance for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence. The utility of pretreatment or baseline AFP remains controversial. The present study hypothesized that elevated baseline AFP levels are associated with worse overall survival in HCC patients. METHODS: Adult HCC patients were identified using the National Cancer Database (2004-2013). Patients were stratified according to baseline AFP measurements into the following groups: Negative (<20), Borderline (20-199), Elevated (200-1999), and Highly Elevated (>2000)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743095/a-rapid-and-reliable-method-for-discriminating-rice-products-from-different-regions-using-mcx-based-solid-phase-extraction-and-di-ms-ms-based-metabolomics-approach
#2
Dong Kyu Lim, Changyeun Mo, Nguyen Phuoc Long, Jongguk Lim, Sung Won Kwon
The expansion of the global rice marketplace ultimately raises concerns about authenticity control. Several analytical methods for differentiating the geographical origin of rice have been developed, yet a high-throughput method is still in demand. In this study, we developed a rapid approach using direct infusion-mass spectrometry (DI-MS) to distinguish rice products from different countries. Specifically, the elimination of the matrix effect by a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) filter, a mixed-mode cation exchange (MCX) solid-phase extraction (SPE) with 20% methanol, and an MCX SPE with 100% methanol were measured...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743060/glucose-fluctuation-and-the-resultant-endothelial-injury-are-correlated-with-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
#3
Makoto Murata, Hitoshi Adachi, Shigeru Oshima, Masahiko Kurabayashi
AIMS: We evaluated whether glucose fluctuation (GF) causes vascular endothelial injury and affects glucometabolic factors during lengthy oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). METHODS: We enrolled consecutive 116 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who were performed coronary angiography and 4-h OGTT. Blood samples were collected before and 4h after glucose load to measure endothelial injury factor [von Willebrand factor (vWF) and vWF/a disintegrin-like and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type-1 motifs 13 (ADAMTS-13) ratio]...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743040/prenatal-exposure-to-organophosphorus-pesticides-and-childhood-neurodevelopmental-phenotypes
#4
Melissa A Furlong, Amy Herring, Jessie P Buckley, Barbara D Goldman, Julie L Daniels, Lawrence S Engel, Mary S Wolff, Jia Chen, Jim Wetmur, Dana Boyd Barr, Stephanie M Engel
Prenatal exposure to organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) has been associated with different neurodevelopmental outcomes across different cohorts. A phenotypic approach may address some of these differences by incorporating information across scales and accounting for the complex correlational structure of neurodevelopmental outcomes. Additionally, Bayesian hierarchical modeling can account for confounding by collinear co-exposures. We use this framework to examine associations between prenatal exposure to OPs and behavior, executive functioning, and IQ assessed at age 6-9 years in a cohort of 404 mother/infant pairs recruited during pregnancy...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742869/ultrasound-non-invasive-measurement-of-intracranial-pressure-in-neurointensive-care-a-prospective-observational-study
#5
Chiara Robba, Danilo Cardim, Tamara Tajsic, Justine Pietersen, Michael Bulman, Joseph Donnelly, Andrea Lavinio, Arun Gupta, David K Menon, Peter J A Hutchinson, Marek Czosnyka
BACKGROUND: The invasive nature of the current methods for monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP) has prevented their use in many clinical situations. Several attempts have been made to develop methods to monitor ICP non-invasively. The aim of this study is to assess the relationship between ultrasound-based non-invasive ICP (nICP) and invasive ICP measurement in neurocritical care patients. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective, single-cohort observational study of patients admitted to a tertiary neurocritical care unit...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742859/whole-blood-microrna-expression-may-not-be-useful-for-screening-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Santosh K Patnaik, Eric D Kannisto, Reema Mallick, Anil Vachani, Sai Yendamuri
At least seven studies have suggested that microRNA levels in whole blood can be diagnostic for lung cancer. We conducted a large bi-institutional study to validate this. Qiagen® PAXgene™ Blood miRNA System was used to collect blood and extract RNA from it for 85 pathologic stage I-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases and 76 clinically-relevant controls who had a benign pulmonary mass, or a high risk of developing lung cancer because of a history of cigarette smoking or age >60 years. Cases and controls were similar for age, gender, race, and blood hemoglobin and leukocyte but not platelet levels (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742842/new-hydrazonoindolin-2-ones-synthesis-exploration-of-the-possible-anti-proliferative-mechanism-of-action-and-encapsulation-into-plga-microspheres
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Mohamed I Attia, Wagdy M Eldehna, Samar A Afifi, Adam B Keeton, Gary A Piazza, Hatem A Abdel-Aziz
The synthesis and molecular characterization of new isatin-based hydrazonoindolin-2-ones 4a-o and 7a-e are reported. The in vitro anti-proliferative potential of the synthesized compounds 4a-o and 7a-e was examined against HT-29 (colon), ZR-75 (breast) and A549 (lung) human cancer cell lines. Compounds 7b, 7d and 7e were the most active congeners against the tested human cancer cell lines with average IC50 values of 4.77, 3.39 and 2.37 μM, respectively, as compared with the reference isatin-based drug, sunitinib, which exhibited an average IC50 value of 8...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742840/glaucomatous-changes-in-lamina-pores-shape-within-the-lamina-cribrosa-using-wide-bandwidth-femtosecond-mode-locked-laser-oct
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Takuhei Shoji, Hiroto Kuroda, Masayuki Suzuki, Hisashi Ibuki, Makoto Araie, Shin Yoneya
PURPOSE: The lamina cribrosa (LC) is known to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. Although it has been reported that striae-shaped or slit-shaped lamina pores are more frequent in eyes with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), this observation is based only on fundus photography. The primary object of this study is to perform layer-by-layer comparisons of the shape of lamina pores within the LC in vivo. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Optic nerve head B-scans were obtained using custom-made broad-wavelength optical coherence tomography with a mode-locked laser...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742804/beyond-upgrading-typologies-in-search-of-a-better-deal-for-honey-value-chains-in-brazil
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Hugo S de Figueiredo Junior, Miranda P M Meuwissen, Ivo A van der Lans, Alfons G J M Oude Lansink
Selection of value chain strategies by development practitioners and value chain participants themselves has been restricted to preset types of upgrading. This paper argues for an extension of the range of strategy solutions to value chains. An empirical application identifies successful strategies for honey value chains in Brazil for 2015-2020. Strategy and performance indicators were selected using the value chain Structure-Conduct-Performance (SCP) framework. Experts' opinion was elicited in a Delphi for business scenarios, and adaptive conjoint analysis was used to identify strategies for increasing production growth and local value-added...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742783/end-expiratory-occlusion-test-predicts-fluid-responsiveness-in-patients-with-protective-ventilation-in-the-operating-room
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Matthieu Biais, Mathilde Larghi, Jeremy Henriot, Hugues de Courson, Musa Sesay, Karine Nouette-Gaulain
BACKGROUND: End-expiratory occlusion test (EEOT) has been proposed to predict fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated intensive care unit patients. The utility of this test during low-tidal-volume ventilation remains uncertain. This study aimed to determine whether hemodynamic variations induced by EEOT could predict the effect of volume expansion in patients with protective ventilation in the operating room. METHODS: Forty-one patients undergoing neurosurgery were included...
July 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742734/evaluation-of-gadolinium-retention-after-serial-administrations-of-a-macrocyclic-gadolinium-based-contrast-agent-gadobutrol-a-single-institution-experience-with-189-patients
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Roh-Eul Yoo, Chul-Ho Sohn, Koung Mi Kang, Tae Jin Yun, Seung Hong Choi, Ji-Hoon Kim, Sun-Won Park
OBJECTIVE: There has been controversy as to whether gadobutrol, one of the widely used macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents, can lead to gadolinium retention after serial injections. Our aim was to validate whether serial administrations of gadobutrol can cause signal increase in the dentate nucleus (DN) and globus pallidus (GP) on unenhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images due to gadolinium retention. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 189 patients who had undergone at least 2 contrast-enhanced MR scans using only gadobutrol between August 2009 and August 2016 were retrospectively included...
July 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742714/impact-of-extracapsular-lymph-node-involvement-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiation-therapy-followed-by-surgery-in-carcinoma-of-the-esophagus-a-multicenter-study
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Lieven P Depypere, Johnny Moons, Christophe Mariette, Xavier B D'Journo, Pascal A Thomas, Arnulf H Hölscher, Elfriede Bollschweiler, Mark I van Berge-Henegouwen, Jan J B Van Lanschot, Toni E M R Lerut, Philippe R Nafteux
OBJECTIVES: The current study aims to examine the impact of extracapsular lymph node involvement (EC-LNI) on survival for both esophageal adenocarcinoma (AC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (nCRT) followed by surgery. BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated the negative prognostic value of EC-LNI in primary surgery, but its impact after nCRT remains unclear. METHODS: From the databases of 6 European high-volume centers 1505 patients with R0 resections were withheld...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742691/impact-of-lymph-node-yield-on-overall-survival-in-patients-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-followed-by-esophagectomy-for-cancer-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-the-netherlands
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Els Visser, Peter S N van Rossum, Jelle P Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of lymph node yield (LNY) on survival in patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) followed by esophagectomy for cancer. BACKGROUND: The value of an extended lymphadenectomy after nCRT for esophageal cancer is debated. Recent reports demonstrate no association between LNY and survival. This association has not yet been evaluated in larger cohorts. METHODS: All patients who underwent nCRT followed by esophagectomy between 2005 and 2014 were identified from the Netherlands Cancer Registry...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742681/targeting-value-driven-quality-improvement-for-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-in-michigan
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Kyle H Sheetz, Brooke Kenney, James M Dupree, Darrell A Campbell, Michael J Englesbe
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate complete episode expenditures for laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a common and lower-risk operation, to characterize novel targets for value-based quality improvement. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Despite enthusiasm for improving the overall value of surgical care, most efforts have focused on high-risk inpatient surgery. METHODS: We identified 19,213 patients undergoing elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy from 2012 to 2015 using data from Medicare and a large private payer...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742636/the-influence-of-chloride-for-the-interpretation-of-plasma-bicarbonate-during-the-treatment-of-diabetic-ketoacidosis
#15
Juan Pablo Ferreira, Magali Hamui, Milagros Torrents, Romina Carrano, Mabel Ferraro, Ismael Toledo
INTRODUCTION: Hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis can occur in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and may affect the acid-base interpretation during treatment. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to describe the prevalence of hyperchloremia during the treatment of DKA and its effect on the interpretation of bicarbonate value. METHODS: A cross-sectional study, including all cases of DKA in patients aged 1 to 18 years old admitted from 2010 to 2015, was performed...
July 24, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742618/changes-in-higher-order-aberrations-after-phototherapeutic-keratectomy-for-subepithelial-corneal-infiltrates-after-epidemic-keratoconjunctivitis
#16
Burcin Kepez Yildiz, Semih Urvasizoglu, Yusuf Yildirim, Alper Agca, Nilay K Besek, Korhan Fazil, Erdem Eris, Ebru Demet Aygit, Muhittin Taskapili, Ahmet Demirok
PURPOSE: To investigate how corneal aberrations change after phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for subepithelial infiltrates after adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis. METHODS: The records of patients who underwent transepithelial PTK for subepithelial infiltrates were retrospectively reviewed. Preoperative best-corrected visual acuity (VA) and the results of slit-lamp biomicroscopy examinations were recorded. The PTK procedure was performed under topical anesthesia with an Amaris excimer laser...
July 24, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742550/can-concurrent-abnormalities-in-free-light-chains-and-immunoglobulin-concentrations-identify-a-target-population-for-immunoglobulin-trials-in-sepsis
#17
Manu Shankar-Hari, Mervyn Singer, Jo Spencer
OBJECTIVES: Light chains κ and λ are immunoglobulin constituents but also circulate independently in blood as free light chains. We investigated whether a concomitant abnormality in free light chain and immunoglobulin levels could identify a high risk of death sepsis subpopulation to inform future IV immunoglobulin trials. We tested whether light chain allelic inclusion occurs in circulating B cells. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Adult general ICUs...
July 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742543/one-hundred-twenty-one-resected-solid-pseudopapillary-tumor-of-the-pancreas-an-8-year-single-institution-experience-at-zhongshan-hospital-shanghai-china
#18
Yadong Xu, Guochao Zhao, Ning Pu, Abulimiti Nuerxiati, Yuan Ji, Lei Zhang, Yefei Rong, Wenhui Lou, Dansong Wang, Tiantao Kuang, Xuefeng Xu, Wenchuan Wu
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to introduce our experience with treating patients with pancreatic solid pseudopapillary tumors (SPTs) and to investigate the clinical risk factors for recurrence of SPTs because no consensus has been established to date. METHODS: One hundred twenty-one patients underwent surgical resection from January 2008 to December 2015 in our institution. Clinical data were collected from the standardized reports. RESULTS: Of the 121 patients, 93 (76...
July 24, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742524/early-postnatal-echocardiographic-assessment-of-pulmonary-blood-flow-in-newborns-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Florian Kipfmueller, Katrin Heindel, Lukas Schroeder, Christoph Berg, Oliver Dewald, Heiko Reutter, Peter Bartmann, Andreas Mueller
OBJECTIVE: Echocardiography is the most important tool to assess infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) for pulmonary hypertension (PH). The pattern of blood flow in the pulmonary artery [described as time to peak velocity (TPV)/right ventricular ejection time (RVET) ratio] provides distinct information about pulmonary arterial pressure. The aim of our study was to investigate the correlation of TPV/RVET measurements with the most commonly used classification system for PH in CDH newborns and the association of these measurements with outcome parameters...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742505/effects-of-a-hops-humulus-lupulus-l-dry-extract-supplement-on-self-reported-depression-anxiety-and-stress-levels-in-apparently-healthy-young-adults-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-crossover-pilot-study
#20
Ioannis Kyrou, Aimilia Christou, Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Charikleia Stefanaki, Katerina Skenderi, Konstantina Katsana, Constantine Tsigos
OBJECTIVE: The Humulus lupulus L. plant (hops) is used as a herbal medicinal product for anxiety/mood disorders. Our aim was to study the effects of a hops dry extract on self-reported depression, anxiety and stress levels in young adults. DESIGN: Apparently healthy young adults from our university completed the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) and those reporting at least mild depression, anxiety and stress were invited to complete the study intervention...
April 2017: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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