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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635579/-fish-oil-in-pregnancy-can-it-prevent-asthma-in-children
#1
P L P Brand, M B Katan
Taking fish oil supplements in the third trimester of pregnancy was associated with significantly less wheezing or asthma in the child at the age of 3-5 years, according to a randomized clinical trial by Bisgaard et al., NEJM 2017. However, the results of this study should be interpreted with caution. The primary end points were modified at a late stage in the study, and two primary end points, eczema in the first 3 years of life and allergic sensitization at 18 months of age, were demoted to secondary end points, and showed no significant effect of treatment...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634800/impact-of-chemical-leaching-on-permeability-and-cadmium-removal-from-fine-grained-soils
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Zhongbing Lin, Renduo Zhang, Shuang Huang, Kang Wang
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of chemical leaching on permeability and Cd removal from fine-grained polluted soils. Column leaching experiments were conducted using two types of soils (i.e., artificially Cd-polluted loam and historically polluted silty loam). Chemical agents of CaCl2, FeCl3, citric acid, EDTA, rhamnolipid, and deionized water were used to leach Cd from the soils. Results showed that organic agents reduced permeability of both soils, and FeCl3 reduced permeability of loam soil, compared with inorganic agents and deionized water...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634685/poor-predictive-value-of-positive-interim-fdg-pet-ct-in-primary-mediastinal-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#3
Julien Lazarovici, Marie Terroir, Julia Arfi-Rouche, Jean-Marie Michot, Sacha Mussot, Valentina Florea, Maria-Rosa Ghigna, Peggy Dartigues, Cynthia Petrovanu, Alina Danu, Christophe Fermé, Vincent Ribrag, David Ghez
PURPOSE: Though commonly used to assess response to therapy, the prognostic value of interim FDG-PET/CT in Primary Mediastinal Large B-cell Lymphoma (PMBCL) is unclear. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study on 36 consecutive patients treated at our institution for a PMBCL between 2006 and 2014. All patients with a positive interim FDG-PET/CT had undergone histological restaging consisting either in a surgical debulking of the residual lesion (15 patients) or a CT-guided core needle biopsy (two patients)...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634260/did-the-suicide-barrier-work-after-all-revisiting-the-bloor-viaduct-natural-experiment-and-its-impact-on-suicide-rates-in-toronto
#4
Mark Sinyor, Ayal Schaffer, Donald A Redelmeier, Alex Kiss, Yasunori Nishikawa, Amy H Cheung, Anthony J Levitt, Jane Pirkis
OBJECTIVE: This research aims to determine the long-term impact of the Bloor Street Viaduct suicide barrier on rates of suicide in Toronto and whether media reporting had any impact on suicide rates. DESIGN: Natural experiment. SETTING: City of Toronto, Canada; records at the chief coroner's office of Ontario 1993-2003 (11 years before the barrier) and 2004-2014 (11 years after the barrier). PARTICIPANTS: 5403 people who died by suicide in the city of Toronto...
June 19, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633478/efficacy-of-3d-transoesophageal-echocardiography-for-transcatheter-device-closure-of-atrial-septal-defect-without-balloon-sizing
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Jeong Yoon Jang, Ran Heo, Min Soo Cho, Jaeseok Bae, Jung Ae Hong, Sahmin Lee, Jung-Min Ahn, Duk-Woo Park, Dae-Hee Kim, Duk-Hyun Kang, Jae-Kwan Song, Jong-Min Song
Aims: Using balloon sizing to determine device size may cause complications and increase procedure time in performing transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect (ASD). We aimed to validate the clinical utility of a formula using measurements from 3D transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) images in performing the procedure without balloon sizing. Methods and results: We enrolled 248 consecutive patients with ASD in a prospective registry. In the first tier (n = 53), we determined the device size before the procedure using our formula and performed balloon sizing during the procedure to verify our decision...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633456/feeding-during-dialysis-risks-and-uncertainties
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Rajiv Agarwal, Panagiotis Georgianos
Allowing dialysis patients to eat during the treatment is controversial. It is, therefore, no surprise that practices and policies with respect to intradialytic food consumption vary considerably from unit to unit and from country to country. Those who defend the position of feeding during dialysis reason that intradialytic meals offer a supervised and effective therapy for protein-energy wasting. Those who take the opposite view argue that intradialytic food intake should be avoided for the following three reasons...
June 19, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633260/total-chordal-sparing-mitral-valve-replacement-in-rheumatic-disease-a-word-of-caution
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Samuel M Kessel, Robert B Hawkins, Leora T Yarboro, Gorav Ailawadi
Total chordal preservation is the standard for mitral valve replacement to maintain long-term left ventricular geometry. Whereas it is appropriate for functional and degenerative mitral regurgitation, the role of chordal sparing in rheumatic valve disease is less well understood, with limited evidence supporting total chordal sparing. Inasmuch as this autoimmune disease affects the subvalvular apparatus in addition to the leaflets, it can be expected to continue after surgical repair. Here we present 2 patients who experienced adverse events associated with total chordal sparing mitral replacement as a result of disease progression with rapid fibrous growth causing inflow obstruction and early prosthetic valve failure...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632879/reliability-and-agreement-between-metrics-of-cone-spacing-in-adaptive-optics-images-of-the-human-retinal-photoreceptor-mosaic
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Daniela Giannini, Giuseppe Lombardo, Letizia Mariotti, Nicholas Devaney, Sebastiano Serrao, Marco Lombardo
Purpose: To assess reliability and agreement among three metrics used to evaluate the distribution of cell distances in adaptive optics (AO) images of the cone mosaic. Methods: Using an AO flood illumination retinal camera, we acquired images of the cone mosaic in 20 healthy subjects and 12 patients with retinal diseases. The three spacing metrics studied were the center-to-center spacing (Scc), the local cone spacing (LCS), and the density recovery profile distance (DRPD)...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632778/over-expressing-the-soluble-gp130-fc-does-not-ameliorate-methionine-and-choline-deficient-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice
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Helene L Kammoun, Tamara Louise Allen, Darren Colin Henstridge, Michael James Kraakman, Lone Peijs, Stefan Rose-John, Mark Anthony Febbraio
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a liver disease with the potential to lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of NASH, with the so-called IL-6 'trans-signaling' cascade being responsible for the pro-inflammatory actions of this cytokine. We aimed to block IL-6 'trans-signaling', using a transgenic mouse that overexpresses human soluble glycoprotein130 (sgp130Fc Tg mice) fed a commonly used dietary model of inducing NASH (methionine and choline deficient-diet; MCD diet) and hypothesized that markers of NASH would be ameliorated in such mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632024/performance-validity-testing-in-a-clinical-sample-of-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease
#10
Katherine E Dorociak, Evan T Schulze, Lauren E Piper, Robert E Molokie, Julie K Janecek
OBJECTIVE: Neuropsychologists utilize performance validity tests (PVTs) as objective means for drawing inferences about performance validity. The Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) is a well-validated, stand-alone PVT and the Reliable Digit Span (RDS) and Reliable Digit Span-Revised (RDS-R) from the Digit Span subtest of the WAIS-IV are commonly employed, embedded PVTs. While research has demonstrated the utility of these PVTs with various clinical samples, no research has investigated their use in adults with sickle cell disease (SCD), a condition associated with multiple neurological, physical, and psychiatric symptoms...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631988/evidence-of-practice-effect-in-cantab-spatial-working-memory-test-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Federica Cacciamani, Nicola Salvadori, Paolo Eusebi, Viviana Lisetti, Elisa Luchetti, Paolo Calabresi, Lucilla Parnetti
The Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) is a system of neuropsychological tests frequently used to track the progression of cognitive deficits in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). We investigated test-retest reliability in seven CANTAB tests. Twenty-five MCI patients, with either AD-like or conflicting/normal cerebrospinal fluid profiles underwent three testing sessions at 6-month intervals, including the following tests: Reaction Time and Rapid Visual Information Processing (assessing attention and reaction times); Delayed Matching-to-Sample, Paired Associates Learning, Spatial Recognition Memory and Pattern Recognition Memory (assessing memory); Spatial Working Memory (assessing executive functions)...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631331/missing-data-in-clinical-trials-control-based-mean-imputation-and-sensitivity-analysis
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Devan V Mehrotra, Fang Liu, Thomas Permutt
In some randomized (drug versus placebo) clinical trials, the estimand of interest is the between-treatment difference in population means of a clinical endpoint that is free from the confounding effects of "rescue" medication (e.g., HbA1c change from baseline at 24 weeks that would be observed without rescue medication regardless of whether or when the assigned treatment was discontinued). In such settings, a missing data problem arises if some patients prematurely discontinue from the trial or initiate rescue medication while in the trial, the latter necessitating the discarding of post-rescue data...
June 20, 2017: Pharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631225/definition-of-the-upper-reference-limit-for-thyroglobulin-antibodies-according-to-the-national-academy-of-clinical-biochemistry-guidelines-comparison-of-eleven-different-automated-methods
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F D'Aurizio, P Metus, A Ferrari, B Caruso, R Castello, D Villalta, A Steffan, K Gaspardo, F Pesente, N Bizzaro, E Tonutti, S Valverde, C Cosma, M Plebani, R Tozzoli
PURPOSE: In the last two decades, thyroglobulin autoantibodies (TgAb) measurement has progressively switched from marker of thyroid autoimmunity to test associated with thyroglobulin (Tg) to verify the presence or absence of TgAb interference in the follow-up of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer. Of note, TgAb measurement is cumbersome: despite standardization against the International Reference Preparation MRC 65/93, several studies demonstrated high inter-method variability and wide variation in limits of detection and in reference intervals...
December 2017: Auto- Immunity Highlights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631179/population-pharmacokinetics-of-volasertib-administered-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-as-a-single-agent-or-in-combination-with-cytarabine
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Belén P Solans, Angèle Fleury, Matthias Freiwald, Holger Fritsch, Karin Haug, Iñaki F Trocóniz
BACKGROUND: Volasertib, a potent and selective polo-like kinase inhibitor, has shown to increase response rates and improve survival with a clinically manageable safety profile, administered alone and in combination with cytarabine in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this analysis were to describe the pharmacokinetics of volasertib and cytarabine, administered as single agents or in combination. METHODS: Three thousand, six hundred and six plasma volasertib concentrations from 501 patients receiving either volasertib alone, or in combination with cytarabine, and 826 plasma cytarabine concentrations from 650 patients receiving cytarabine as multiple subcutaneous injections per cycle either alone, or in combination with volasertib, were analysed using NONMEM Version 7...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630715/can-hip-arthroscopy-in-the-presence-of-arthritis-delay-the-need-for-hip-arthroplasty
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REVIEW
A Viswanath, V Khanduja
Hip arthroscopy for joint preservation surgery has grown immensely over the last two decades. There is now an increasing trend to try and expand the role of hip arthroscopy to include patients of an older age or perhaps even with signs of arthritis, instead of the established patient group of young adults with mechanical symptoms or serious athletes. But how much of this growth is really justified? Once arthritis is apparent, the arthroscopic procedures needed to try and limit progression of the disease are likely to be different to those needed in young adult non-arthritic hips...
January 2017: Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630353/evaluation-of-a-proposal-for-reliable-low-cost-grid-power-with-100-wind-water-and-solar
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Christopher T M Clack, Staffan A Qvist, Jay Apt, Morgan Bazilian, Adam R Brandt, Ken Caldeira, Steven J Davis, Victor Diakov, Mark A Handschy, Paul D H Hines, Paulina Jaramillo, Daniel M Kammen, Jane C S Long, M Granger Morgan, Adam Reed, Varun Sivaram, James Sweeney, George R Tynan, David G Victor, John P Weyant, Jay F Whitacre
A number of analyses, meta-analyses, and assessments, including those performed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the International Energy Agency, have concluded that deployment of a diverse portfolio of clean energy technologies makes a transition to a low-carbon-emission energy system both more feasible and less costly than other pathways. In contrast, Jacobson et al. [Jacobson MZ, Delucchi MA, Cameron MA, Frew BA (2015) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(49):15060-15065] argue that it is feasible to provide "low-cost solutions to the grid reliability problem with 100% penetration of WWS [wind, water and solar power] across all energy sectors in the continental United States between 2050 and 2055", with only electricity and hydrogen as energy carriers...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630293/a-null-model-for-microbial-diversification
#17
Timothy J Straub, Olga Zhaxybayeva
Whether prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea) are naturally organized into phenotypically and genetically cohesive units comparable to animal or plant species remains contested, frustrating attempts to estimate how many such units there might be, or to identify the ecological roles they play. Analyses of gene sequences in various closely related prokaryotic groups reveal that sequence diversity is typically organized into distinct clusters, and processes such as periodic selection and extensive recombination are understood to be drivers of cluster formation ("speciation")...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629721/a-16-year-retrospective-surveillance-report-on-the-pathogenic-features-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolates-from-fahju-in-guangzhou-representative-of-southern-china
#18
Jinhong Xie, Ling Yang, Brian M Peters, Lequn Chen, Dingqiang Chen, Bing Li, Lin Li, Guangchao Yu, Zhenbo Xu, Mark E Shirtliff
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major pathogen responsible for nosocomial infections. A 16-year retrospective report from 2000 to 2015 was conducted to assess the antimicrobial resistance of P. aeruginosa in Southern China. A total of 1387 P. aeruginosa were collected from inpatients and outpatients. Susceptibility testing results were interpreted according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI, 2015). Piperacillin, piperacillin-tazobactam, ceftazidime, aminoglycosides and carbapenems remained to be active against P...
June 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628806/resilience-and-spirituality-in-patients-with-depression-and-their-family-members-a-cross-sectional-study
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Chisa Ozawa, Takefumi Suzuki, Yuya Mizuno, Ryosuke Tarumi, Kazunari Yoshida, Kazuhito Fujii, Jinichi Hirano, Hideaki Tani, Ellen B Rubinstein, Masaru Mimura, Hiroyuki Uchida
OBJECTIVE: The degree and quality of resilience in patients with depression have never been investigated in the context of remission status, spirituality/religiosity, and family members' resilience levels, which was addressed in this study. METHODS: This cross-sectional study recruited Japanese outpatients with depressive disorder according to ICD-10 and cohabitant family members who were free from psychiatric diagnoses. Resilience was assessed using the 25-item Resilience Scale (RS)...
June 8, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628624/heterogeneity-of-mirna-expression-in-localized-prostate-cancer-with-clinicopathological-correlations
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Ahmed Hussein Zedan, Søren Garm Blavnsfeldt, Torben Frøstrup Hansen, Boye Schnack Nielsen, Niels Marcussen, Mindaugas Pleckaitis, Palle Jörn Sloth Osther, Flemming Brandt Sørensen
INTRODUCTION: In the last decade microRNAs (miRNAs) have been widely investigated in prostate cancer (PCa) and have shown to be promising biomarkers in diagnostic, prognostic and predictive settings. However, tumor heterogeneity may influence miRNA expression. The aims of this study were to assess the impact of tumor heterogeneity, as demonstrated by a panel of selected miRNAs in PCa, and to correlate miRNA expression with risk profile and patient outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prostatectomy specimens and matched, preoperative needle biopsies from a retrospective cohort of 49 patients, who underwent curatively intended surgery for localized PCa, were investigated with a panel of 6 miRNAs (miRNA-21, miRNA-34a, miRNA-125b, miRNA-126, miRNA-143, and miRNA-145) using tissue micro-array (TMA) and in situ hybridization (ISH)...
2017: PloS One
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