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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228373/medical-treatment-or-surgery-for-colorectal-endometriosis-results-of-a-shared-decision-making-approach
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Paolo Vercellini, Maria Pina Frattaruolo, Riccardo Rosati, Dhouha Dridi, Anna Roberto, Paola Mosconi, Olga De Giorgi, Fulvia Milena Cribiù, Edgardo Somigliana
STUDY QUESTION: What is the degree of patient satisfaction in women with symptomatic colorectal endometriosis who choose medical or surgical treatment after a shared decision-making (SDM) process? SUMMARY ANSWER: The degree of satisfaction with treatment was high both in women who chose medical treatment with a low-dose oral contraceptive (OCP) or a progestin, and in those who chose to undergo surgical resection of bowel endometriosis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Hormonal therapies and surgery for colorectal endometriosis have been investigated in non-comparative studies with inconsistent results...
December 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228314/demodifying-rna-for-transcriptomic-analyses-of-archival-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-samples
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Leah C Wehmas, Charles E Wood, Remi Gagne, Andrew Williams, Carole Yauk, Mark M Gosink, Deidre Dalmas, Ruixin Hao, Raegan O'Lone, Susan Hester
Archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue samples offer a vast but largely untapped resource for genomic research. The primary technical issues limiting use of FFPE samples are RNA yield and quality. In this study, we evaluated methods to demodify RNA highly fragmented and crosslinked by formalin fixation. Primary endpoints were RNA recovery, RNA-sequencing quality metrics, and transcriptional responses to a reference chemical (phenobarbital, PB). Frozen mouse liver samples from control and PB groups (n = 6/group) were divided and preserved for 3 months as follows: frozen (FR); 70% ethanol (OH); 10% buffered formalin for 18 hours followed by ethanol (18F); or 10% buffered formalin (3F)...
December 7, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228267/the-effects-of-sex-biased-gene-expression-and-x-linkage-on-rates-of-sequence-evolution-in-drosophila
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José Luis Campos, Keira Johnston, Brian Charlesworth
A faster rate of adaptive evolution of X-linked genes compared with autosomal genes (the faster-X effect) can be caused by the fixation of recessive or partially recessive advantageous mutations. This effect should be largest for advantageous mutations that affect only male fitness, and least for mutations that affect only female fitness. We tested these predictions in Drosophila melanogaster by using coding and functionally significant non-coding sequences of genes with different levels of sex-biased expression...
December 8, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228202/activity-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-against-problem-enterobacteriaceae-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-uk-2015-16
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David M Livermore, Danièle Meunier, Katie L Hopkins, Michel Doumith, Robert Hill, Rachel Pike, Peter Staves, Neil Woodford
Background: Ceftazidime/avibactam combines an established oxyimino-cephalosporin with the first diazabicyclooctane β-lactamase inhibitor to enter clinical use. We reviewed its activity against Gram-negative isolates, predominantly from the UK, referred for resistance investigation in the first year of routine testing, beginning in July 2015. Methods: Isolates were as received from referring laboratories; there is a bias to submit those with suspected carbapenem resistance...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228165/repair-versus-replacement-for-the-surgical-correction-of-tricuspid-regurgitation-a-meta-analysis
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Jae Woong Choi, Myoung-Jin Jang, Kyung Hwan Kim, Ho Young Hwang
OBJECTIVES: Tricuspid valve repair (TVr) has both a theoretical advantage in preserving right ventricular function and disadvantages such as a higher risk of repair failure in the long-term compared with tricuspid valve replacement (TVR). This study was conducted to compare the results of TVr with those of TVR to find an optimal treatment option. METHODS: A literature search of 5 databases was performed. The primary outcome was all-cause mortality. Secondary outcomes were tricuspid reoperation and valve-related events...
December 8, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228100/test-retest-reliability-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-the-d2-test-of-attention-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
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Posen Lee, Wen-Shian Lu, Chin-Hsuan Liu, Hung-Yu Lin, Ching-Lin Hsieh
Objective: The d2 Test of Attention (D2) is a commonly used measure of selective attention for patients with schizophrenia. However, its test-retest reliability and minimal detectable change (MDC) are unknown in patients with schizophrenia, limiting its utility in both clinical and research settings. The aim of the present study was to examine the test-retest reliability and MDC of the D2 in patients with schizophrenia. Method: A rater administered the D2 on 108 patients with schizophrenia twice at a 1-month interval...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228093/correctness-of-self-reported-task-durations-a-systematic-review
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Jean A Pulido, Lope H Barrero, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Jack T Dennerlein
Objectives: Duration of tasks in a job is an essential interest in occupational epidemiology. Such duration is frequently measured using self-reports, which may, however, be associated with both bias and random errors. The present systematic literature review examines the correctness of self-reported durations of tasks, i.e. the extent to which they differ from more valid reference data due to either systematic or random errors, and factors influencing this correctness, with particular emphasis on the assessment of exposures of relevance to musculoskeletal disorders...
December 6, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228059/does-access-to-clinical-study-reports-from-the-european-medicines-agency-reduce-reporting-biases-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-on-the-effect-of-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-in-cancer-patients
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Eliane Rohner, Michael Grabik, Thomy Tonia, Peter Jüni, Frank Pétavy, Francesco Pignatti, Julia Bohlius
Since 2010, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has provided access to clinical study reports (CSRs). We requested CSRs for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) in cancer patients from EMA and identified RCT publications with literature searches. We assessed CSR availability and completeness, the impact of unreported and unpublished data obtained from CSRs on the effects of ESAs on quality of life (QoL) of cancer patients, and discrepancies between data reported in the public domain and in CSRs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227998/the-value-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-antigen-scca-to-determine-the-lymph-nodal-metastasis-in-cervical-cancer-a-meta-analysis-and-literature-review
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Ziqi Zhou, Wenbo Li, Fuquan Zhang, Ke Hu
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic power of CT or MRI on the lymph node status was limited. Supplement measurements were needed to assist the diagnosis of lymph node metastasis. The SCCa was reported to be close related to lymph node status. But currently the clinical value of serum SCCa measurement in lymph node status has not been clearly defined. This meta-analysis was to investigate this topic on a large scale. METHOD: Searching the Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane library, CNKI and Wanfang database for SCC-Ag/SCCA/SCC-antigen and cervical cancer/tumor/carcinoma/neoplasm published in any language from Jan 1 1990 to Aug 1 2017...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227946/cross-disciplinary-links-in-environmental-systems-science-current-state-and-claimed-needs-identified-in-a-meta-review-of-process-models
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REVIEW
Daniel Ayllón, Volker Grimm, Sabine Attinger, Michael Hauhs, Clemens Simmer, Harry Vereecken, Gunnar Lischeid
Terrestrial environmental systems are characterised by numerous feedback links between their different compartments. However, scientific research is organized into disciplines that focus on processes within the respective compartments rather than on interdisciplinary links. Major feedback mechanisms between compartments might therefore have been systematically overlooked so far. Without identifying these gaps, initiatives on future comprehensive environmental monitoring schemes and experimental platforms might fail...
December 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227530/systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-methods-of-mesh-fixation-during-laparoscopic-ventral-hernia-repair
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REVIEW
J J Baker, S Öberg, K Andresen, T W Klausen, J Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Ventral hernia repairs are common and have high recurrence rates. They are usually repaired laparoscopically with an intraperitoneal mesh, which can be fixed in various ways. The aim was to evaluate the recurrence rates for the different fixation techniques. METHODS: This systematic review included studies with human adults with a ventral hernia repaired with an intraperitoneal onlay mesh. The outcome was recurrence at least 6 months after operation...
December 11, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227525/functional-electrical-stimulation-and-ankle-foot-orthoses-provide-equivalent-therapeutic-effects-on-foot-drop-a-meta-analysis-providing-direction-for-future-research
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Sarah Prenton, Kristen L Hollands, Laurence P J Kenney, Pornsuree Onmanee
OBJECTIVE: To compare the randomized controlled trial evidence for therapeutic effects on walking of functional electrical stimulation and ankle foot orthoses for foot drop caused by central nervous system conditions. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, REHABDATA, PEDro, NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, Scopus and clinicaltrials.gov. STUDY SELECTION: One reviewer screened titles/abstracts...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227473/structure-inspired-design-of-%C3%AE-arrestin-biased-ligands-for-aminergic-gpcrs
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John D McCorvy, Kyle V Butler, Brendan Kelly, Katie Rechsteiner, Joel Karpiak, Robin M Betz, Bethany L Kormos, Brian K Shoichet, Ron O Dror, Jian Jin, Bryan L Roth
Development of biased ligands targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is a promising approach for current drug discovery. Although structure-based drug design of biased agonists remains challenging even with an abundance of GPCR crystal structures, we present an approach for translating GPCR structural data into β-arrestin-biased ligands for aminergic GPCRs. We identified specific amino acid-ligand contacts at transmembrane helix 5 (TM5) and extracellular loop 2 (EL2) responsible for Gi/o and β-arrestin signaling, respectively, and targeted those residues to develop biased ligands...
December 11, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227348/quantitative-pet-ct-in-clinical-practice-assessing-the-agreement-of-pet-tumor-indices-using-different-clinical-reading-platforms
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Joyce C Mhlanga, Alin Chirindel, Martin A Lodge, Richard L Wahl, Rathan M Subramaniam
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether various fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT-derived parameters used in oncology vary significantly depending on the interpretation software systems used in clinical practice for multiple human solid tumors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 120 fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT studies carried out in patients with pancreatic, lung, colorectal, and head and neck cancers were evaluated retrospectively on two different vendor software platforms including Mirada and MIMVista...
December 8, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227129/assessment-of-a-portable-lactate-meter-for-field-use-in-the-white-rhinoceros-i-ceratotherium-simum-i
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Georgina C Cole, Adrian S W Tordiffe, Gerhard Steenkamp
Blood lactate is a predictor of mortality in critically ill humans and animals. Handheld lactate meters have the potential to be used in the field to evaluate the condition of severely injured rhinoceroses but have not been compared with laboratory-based methods. Agreement between a handheld lactate meter and a laboratory method was assessed, as was the stability of rhino blood lactate in the anticoagulant sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate (fluoride/oxalate). Blood samples were obtained from 53 white rhinos that had been immobilised for management reasons...
November 10, 2017: Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227014/comparison-of-weighted-and-composite-scores-for-pre-clinical-dental-learners
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H M Nassar, Y S Park, A Tekian
PURPOSE: The weighted mean (WM) method for combining scores of assessment components can provide outcomes with biased reliability and score precision. The objective of this study was to compare the traditional WM with another method utilising the composite score (CS) principle for combining scores of a final summative assessment exercise for a pre-clinical dental course. METHODS: Data were collected from the final examination of third-year Preclinical Operative and Esthetic Dentistry course consisting of 3 parts: practical competency, objective structured practical examination and a written examination with weights of 33%, 17% and 50%, respectively...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226966/using-trial-level-data-and-multilevel-modeling-to-investigate-within-task-change-in-event-related-potentials
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Hannah I Volpert-Esmond, Edgar C Merkle, Meredith P Levsen, Tiffany A Ito, Bruce D Bartholow
EEG data, and specifically the ERP, provide psychologists with the power to examine quickly occurring cognitive processes at the native temporal resolution at which they occur. Despite the advantages conferred by ERPs to examine processes at different points in time, ERP researchers commonly ignore the trial-to-trial temporal dimension by collapsing across trials of similar types (i.e., the signal averaging approach) because of constraints imposed by repeated measures ANOVA. Here, we present the advantages of using multilevel modeling (MLM) to examine trial-level data to investigate change in neurocognitive processes across the course of an experiment...
December 11, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226959/larvivorous-fish-for-preventing-malaria-transmission
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REVIEW
Deirdre P Walshe, Paul Garner, Ahmed A Adeel, Graham H Pyke, Thomas R Burkot
BACKGROUND: Adult female Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria. Some fish species eat mosquito larvae and pupae. In disease control policy documents, the World Health Organization (WHO) includes biological control of malaria vectors by stocking ponds, rivers, and water collections near where people live with larvivorous fish to reduce Plasmodium parasite transmission. In the past, the Global Fund has financed larvivorous fish programmes in some countries, and, with increasing efforts in eradication of malaria, policymakers may return to this option...
December 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226949/thrombolysis-for-acute-upper-extremity-deep-vein-thrombosis
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REVIEW
Joshua Feinberg, Emil Eik Nielsen, Janus C Jakobsen
BACKGROUND: About 5% to 10% of all deep vein thromboses occur in the upper extremities. Serious complications of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis, such as post-thrombotic syndrome and pulmonary embolism, may in theory be avoided using thrombolysis. No systematic review has assessed the effects of thrombolysis for the treatment of individuals with acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis. OBJECTIVES: To assess the beneficial and harmful effects of thrombolysis for the treatment of individuals with acute upper extremity deep vein thrombosis...
December 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226881/surgical-outcome-of-laparoscopic-hepatic-resection-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-matched-case-control-study-with-propensity-score-matching
#20
Tsutomu Iwata, Kenta Murotani, Shunichiro Komatsu, Hideyuki Mishima, Takashi Arikawa
BACKGROUND: Although the number of reports on laparoscopic hepatic resection (LHR) has increased, studies of long-term outcomes regarding tumor recurrence and patient survival compared to the conventional open approach are limited. We evaluated the long-term survival and feasibility of LHR in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on the clinical data of patients who underwent hepatic resection for primary HCC between August 2000 and December 2013...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Minimal Access Surgery
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