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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222447/impact-of-pd-l1-expression-in-patients-with-surgically-resected-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Satoshi Igawa, Yuichi Sato, Shinichiro Ryuge, Masaaki Ichinoe, Ken Katono, Yasuhiro Hiyoshi, Sakiko Otani, Ryo Nagashio, Hiroyasu Nakashima, Masato Katagiri, Jiichiro Sasaki, Yoshiki Murakumo, Yukitoshi Satoh, Noriyuki Masuda
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy can become a crucial therapeutic option to improve the prognosis of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Here, we evaluated the impact of programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in surgically resected NSCLCs. METHODS: We estimated PD-L1 expression in 229 consecutive NSCLC specimens using rabbit polyclonal antibodies to human PD-L1 in a SP263 immunohistochemical assay and evaluated PD-L1 expression for potential associations with clinicopathological parameters and survival time...
February 22, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219067/d-dimer-plasma-levels-parallel-the-clinical-response-to-omalizumab-in-patients-with-severe-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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Riccardo Asero, Angelo V Marzano, Silvia Ferrucci, Massimo Cugno
Omalizumab is very effective in the majority of patients with severe chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), but its mechanism of action is still unclear. In CSU the coagulation cascade is activated with an intensity that parallels the disease severity, and elevated plasma D-dimer levels are associated with a poor response to both antihistamines and cyclosporin. We measured D-dimer plasma levels before and after the first administration of omalizumab in 32 patients with severe CSU. A number of clinical and laboratory parameters were recorded, including the urticaria activity score, presence of angioedema, disease duration, C-reactive protein, anti-nuclear, and anti-thyroid antibodies...
February 21, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219015/the-expectations-of-antenatal-screening-and-experiences-of-the-first-trimester-screening-scan
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Maarit Nykänen, Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Reija Klemetti
AIM: to describe the expectations to and knowledge of antenatal screening of expecting parents, and their experiences concerning the first-trimester screening scan. DESIGN: survey study with a consecutive sampling method. SETTING: two hospital districts in Finland, namely the capital area and Eastern Finland. Together these two districts include the six different municipal units in which the first-trimester screening scans discussed in the study were done during spring 2015...
February 15, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217746/integrated-regulatory-and-metabolic-networks-of-the-marine-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum-predict-the-response-to-rising-co2-levels
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Jennifer Levering, Christopher L Dupont, Andrew E Allen, Bernhard O Palsson, Karsten Zengler
Diatoms are eukaryotic microalgae that are responsible for up to 40% of the ocean's primary productivity. How diatoms respond to environmental perturbations such as elevated carbon concentrations in the atmosphere is currently poorly understood. We developed a transcriptional regulatory network based on various transcriptome sequencing expression libraries for different environmental responses to gain insight into the marine diatom's metabolic and regulatory interactions and provide a comprehensive framework of responses to increasing atmospheric carbon levels...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217451/erectile-dysfunction-masculinity-and-psychosocial-outcomes-a-review-of-the-experiences-of-men-after-prostate-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Suzanne K Chambers, Eric Chung, Gary Wittert, Melissa K Hyde
Prostate cancer (PC) treatment side-effects such as erectile dysfunction (ED) can impact men's quality of life (QoL), psychosocial and psycho-sexual adjustment. Masculinity (i.e., men's identity or sense of themselves as being a man) may also be linked to how men respond to PC treatment and ED however the exact nature of this link is unclear. This review aims to provide a snapshot of the current state of evidence regarding ED, masculinity and psychosocial impacts after PC treatment. Three databases (Medline/PsycINFO, CINHAL, and EMBASE) were searched January 1st 1980 to January 31st 2016...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217426/treatment-of-anterior-shoulder-subluxation-using-the-mulligan-concept-and-reflex-neuromuscular-stabilization-a-case-report
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Robinetta A Hudson, Russell T Baker, Alan Nasypany, Don Reordan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Shoulder instability, a common issue among athletes who engage in contact sports, may lead to recurrent subluxations, or partial dislocations of the shoulder. Young athletic patients generally respond poorly to the nonsurgical treatments for shoulder instability that are commonly utilized. The purpose of this case report is to describe the effects of the treatment guided by the Mulligan Concept (MC) coupled with reflex neuromuscular stabilization (RNS) also known as reactive neuromuscular training (RNT), on an adolescent football player with glenohumeral joint (GHJ) instability who sustained a traumatic anterior subluxation...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215257/self-reported-sleep-pattern-quality-and-problems-among-schooling-adolescents-in-southwestern-nigeria
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Folusho M Balogun, Abieyuwa O Alohan, Adebola E Orimadegun
OBJECTIVE: Understanding sleep patterns and related factors is vital to development in adolescence, but there is a dearth of this information among adolescents in developing countries such as Nigeria. Therefore, this study describes the sleep patterns, problems, and predictors of poor sleep quality among schooling adolescents. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study design, 450 adolescents were selected and interviewed about their sleep experience and problems over the preceding one-month period using a validated form with components adapted from the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) questionnaire...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214544/can-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-studies-help-with-the-optimization-of-health-messaging-for-lifestyle-behavior-change-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Maxine E Whelan, Paul S Morgan, Lauren B Sherar, Mark W Orme, Dale W Esliger
Unhealthy behaviors, including smoking, poor nutrition, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, are global risk factors for non-communicable diseases and premature death. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) offers a unique approach to optimize health messages by examining how the brain responds to information relating to health. Our aim was to systematically review fMRI studies that have investigated variations in brain activation in response to health messages relating to (i) smoking; (ii) alcohol consumption; (iii) physical activity; (iv) diet; and (v) sedentary behavior...
February 15, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214167/psychometric-evaluation-and-design-of-patient-centered-communication-measures-for-cancer-care-settings
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Bryce B Reeve, David M Thissen, Carla M Bann, Nicole Mack, Katherine Treiman, Hanna K Sanoff, Nancy Roach, Brooke E Magnus, Jason He, Laura K Wagner, Rebecca Moultrie, Kathryn D Jackson, Courtney Mann, Lauren A McCormack
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychometric properties of questions that assess patient perceptions of patient-provider communication and design measures of patient-centered communication (PCC). METHODS: Participants (adults with colon or rectal cancer living in North Carolina) completed a survey at 2 to 3 months post-diagnosis. The survey included 87 questions in six PCC Functions: Exchanging Information, Fostering Health Relationships, Making Decisions, Responding to Emotions, Enabling Patient Self-Management, and Managing Uncertainty...
February 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213893/disparity-in-dental-out-of-pocket-payments-among-older-adult-populations-a-comparative-analysis-across-selected-european-countries-and-the-usa
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Richard Manski, John Moeller, Haiyan Chen, Eeva Widström, Stefan Listl
BACKGROUND: The current study addresses the extent to which diversity exists in dental out-of-pocket (OOP) payments across population subgroups within and between the USA and selected European countries. This represents the final paper in a series in which the previous two papers addressed diversity in dental coverage and dental utilisation, respectively, using similar data and methods. METHOD: We used data from the 2006/2007 Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and from the 2004-2006 Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) for respondents ≥51 years of age...
February 17, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212758/the-guanidine-riboswitch-a-poor-orphan-no-longer
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David M J Lilley
Riboswitches are widespread in the bacterial kingdom, where they regulate gene expression in response to different small molecules and ions. However, some remain orphans with no known endogenous ligand. Three recently published papers (Battaglia et al., 2017; Nelson et al., 2017; and Reiss et al., 2017) de-orphanize a widespread ykkC element, showing that it responds to guanidine and elaborating on how that response is mediated.
February 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212630/relevance-of-a-subjective-quality-of-life-questionnaire-for-long-term-homeless-persons-with-schizophrenia
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V Girard, A Tinland, J P Bonin, F Olive, J Poule, C Lancon, T Apostolidis, M Rowe, T Greacen, M C Simeoni
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of programs are addressing the specific needs of homeless people with schizophrenia in terms of access to housing, healthcare, basic human rights and other domains. Although quality of life scales are being used to evaluate such programs, few instruments have been validated for people with schizophrenia and none for people with schizophrenia who experience major social problems such as homelessness. The aim of the present study was to validate the French version of the S-QoL a self-administered, subjective quality of life questionnaire specific to schizophrenia for people with schizophrenia who are homeless...
February 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210930/emotion-specific-nocebo-effects-an-fmri-study
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Anne Schienle, Carina Höfler, Sonja Übel, Albert Wabnegger
The neurobiological mechanisms of nocebos are still poorly understood. Thirty-eight women participated in a 'smell study' using functional magnetic resonance imaging. They were presented with an odorless stimulus (distilled water) together with the verbal suggestion that this fluid has an aversive odor which enhances disgust feelings. The nocebo was presented while the participants viewed disgusting, fear-inducing, and neutral images. Participants' affective and neuronal responses during nocebo administration were compared with those in a control condition without nocebo...
February 16, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209897/host-cell-attachment-elicits-posttranscriptional-regulation-in-infecting-enteropathogenic-bacteria
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Naama Katsowich, Netanel Elbaz, Ritesh Ranjan Pal, Erez Mills, Simi Kobi, Tamar Kahan, Ilan Rosenshine
The mechanisms by which pathogens sense the host and respond by remodeling gene expression are poorly understood. Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), the cause of severe intestinal infection, employs a type III secretion system (T3SS) to inject effector proteins into intestinal epithelial cells. These effectors subvert host cell processes to promote bacterial colonization. We show that the T3SS also functions to sense the host cell and to trigger in response posttranscriptional remodeling of gene expression in the bacteria...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209802/doublet-stimulation-increases-ca-2-binding-to-troponin-c-to-ensure-rapid-force-development-in-skeletal-muscle
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Anthony J Bakker, Tanya R Cully, Catherine D Wingate, Christopher J Barclay, Bradley S Launikonis
Fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibers are often exposed to motor neuron double discharges (≥200 Hz), which markedly increase both the rate of contraction and the magnitude of the resulting force responses. However, the mechanism responsible for these effects is poorly understood, likely because of technical limitations in previous studies. In this study, we measured cytosolic Ca(2+) during doublet activation using the low-affinity indicator Mag-Fluo-4 at high temporal resolution and modeled the effects of doublet stimulation on sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release, binding of Ca(2+) to cytosolic buffers, and force enhancement in fast-twitch fibers...
February 16, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209489/the-systematic-error-in-the-estimation-of-fetal-weight-and-the-underestimation-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Justin R Lappen, Stephen A Myers
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is associated with an increased risk of perinatal morbidity and mortality and has lifetime implications for the risk of chronic medical conditions. Antenatal diagnosis of fetal growth restriction (FGR) remains poor with the majority of cases remaining undiagnosed. While several factors contribute to the underdiagnosis of FGR, the error in ultrasound estimation of fetal weight (EFW) is generally not considered in clinical practice. In this commentary, we suggest that the intrinsic, or systematic, error in ultrasound EFW is a significant factor contributing to the underestimation of fetuses predicted to have FGR and should be incorporated into screening and surveillance recommendations...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209486/vasodilator-stimulated-phosphoprotein-vasp-depletion-from-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells-inhibits-tumor-spheroid-invasion-through-downregulation-of-migfilin-%C3%AE-catenin-and-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-upa
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Vasiliki Gkretsi, Andreas Stylianou, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
A hallmark of cancer cells is their ability to invade surrounding tissues and form metastases. Cell-extracellular matrix (ECM)-adhesion proteins are crucial in metastasis, connecting tumor ECM with actin cytoskeleton thus enabling cells to respond to mechanical cues. Vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) is an actin-polymerization regulator which interacts with cell-ECM adhesion protein Migfilin, and regulates cell migration. We compared VASP expression in MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer (BC) cells and found that more invasive MDA-MB-231 cells overexpress VASP...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208871/clinical-utility-of-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-feno-as-a-biomarker-to-predict-severity-of-disease-and-response-to-inhaled-corticosteroid-ics-in-asthma-patients
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Revathy Neelamegan, Vinodkumar Saka, Kadhiravan Tamilarasu, Manju Rajaram, Sandhiya Selvarajan, Adithan Chandrasekaran
INTRODUCTION: Bronchial asthma is a common chronic inflammatory airway disease diagnosed and is based on symptomatic history and Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT). Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) is exclusively a non-invasive biomarker of on-going eosinophilic airway inflammation which remains unpredictable only with PFTs. FeNO measurement is recommended in predicting asthma severity and Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS) response but further research is required to understand its clinical utility and agreement with current recommendations in a specific population...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207823/self-rated-health-and-reasons-for-non-vaccination-against-seasonal-influenza-in-canadian-adults-with-asthma
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Jennifer L Guthrie, David Fisman, Jennifer L Gardy
INTRODUCTION: While seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for individuals with asthma, uptake in this population is low. We examined how self-rated health impacts reasons for not being immunized against influenza in Canadian adults with asthma, focusing on those who have never been immunized. METHODS: We pooled four cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey (cycles 3.1(2005), 2007/08, 2009/10 and 2011/12), grouping individuals by whether their reasons for not having been vaccinated were perceptual or technical...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203409/practice-patterns-in-venous-thromboembolism-vte-prophylaxis-in-thoracic-surgery-a-comprehensive-canadian-delphi-survey
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John Agzarian, Lori-Ann Linkins, Laura Schneider, Waël C Hanna, Christian J Finley, Colin Schieman, Marc De Perrot, Mark Crowther, James Douketis, Yaron Shargall
BACKGROUND: The incidence of venous thromboembolic events (VTE) after resection of thoracic malignancies can reach 15%, but prophylaxis guidelines are yet to be established. We aimed to survey Canadian practitioners regarding perioperative risk factors for VTE, impact of those factors on extended prophylaxis selection, type of preferred prophylaxis, and timing of initiation and duration of thromboprophylaxis. METHODS: A modified Delphi survey was undertaken over three rounds with thoracic surgeons, thoracic anesthesiologists and thrombosis experts across Canada...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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