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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914178/longitudinal-assessment-of-examiner-experience-and-the-accuracy-of-sonographic-fetal-weight-estimation-at-term
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Florian Faschingbauer, Jutta Heimrich, Eva Raabe, Sven Kehl, Michael Schneider, Matthias Schmid, Matthias W Beckmann, Tobias Hepp, Anika Lübke, Andreas Mayr, Ralf L Schild
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of examiner experience on the accuracy of sonographic weight estimation and to further analyze examiners' individual learning curves. METHODS: In this multicenter study, 4613 sonographic weight estimations performed by 18 examiners at the beginning of their ultrasound training were included. To assess the effect of experience on the accuracy of weight estimation, a multivariable mixed regression model analysis was performed, with percentage error and absolute percentage error as outcome variables and the examiner, the examiner's experience (number of examinations), birth weight, gestational age, scan-to-delivery interval, and maternal body mass index as fixed effects and the perinatal center as random intercepts...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914144/outdoor-air-pollution-and-pterygium-in-korea
#2
Ki Woong Lee, Yoon Hyeong Choi, Sung Ha Hwang, Hae Jung Paik, Mee Kum Kim, Won Ryang Wee, Dong Hyun Kim
We investigated relationships between outdoor air pollution and pterygium in Korean adults. This study includes 23,276 adults in population-based cross-sectional data using the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2008-2011. Pterygium was assessed using slit lamp biomicroscopy. Air pollution data (humidity, particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter less than 10 μm [PM₁₀], ozone [O₃], nitrogen dioxide [NO₂], and sulfur dioxide levels [SO₂]) for 2 years preceding the ocular examinations were acquired...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914140/comparison-of-the-mortality-and-in-hospital-outcomes-of-preterm-infants-treated-with-ibuprofen-for-patent-ductus-arteriosus-with-or-without-clinical-symptoms-attributable-to-the-patent-ductus-arteriosus-at-the-time-of-ibuprofen-treatment
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Hani Yoo, Jin A Lee, Sohee Oh, Young Hwa Jung, Jin A Sohn, Seung Han Shin, Chang Won Choi, Ee Kyung Kim, Han Suk Kim, Beyong Il Kim
The aim of this study was to assess the differences in the mortality and in-hospital outcomes of preterm infants with < 28 weeks of gestation who received ibuprofen treatment according to the presence of clinical symptoms (any of oliguria, hypotension, or moderate to severe respiratory difficulty) attributable to hemodynamically-significant patent ductus arteriosus (hsPDA) at the time of first ibuprofen treatment. In total, 91 infants born from April 2010 to March 2015 were included. Fourteen infants (15...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914133/lobeglitazone-a-novel-thiazolidinedione-improves-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-type-2-diabetes-its-efficacy-and-predictive-factors-related-to-responsiveness
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Yong Ho Lee, Jae Hyeon Kim, So Ra Kim, Heung Yong Jin, Eun Jung Rhee, Young Min Cho, Byung Wan Lee
Despite the rapidly increasing prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in type 2 diabetes (T2D), few treatment modalities are currently available. We investigated the hepatic effects of the novel thiazolidinedione (TZDs), lobeglitazone (Duvie) in T2D patients with NAFLD. We recruited drug-naïve or metformin-treated T2D patients with NAFLD to conduct a multicenter, prospective, open-label, exploratory clinical trial. Transient liver elastography (Fibroscan®; Echosens, Paris, France) with controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) was used to non-invasively quantify hepatic fat contents...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914132/associations-between-soluble-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-srage-and-s100a12-en-rage-with-mortality-in-long-term-hemodialysis-patients
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Eul Sik Jung, Wookyung Chung, Ae Jin Kim, Han Ro, Jae Hyun Chang, Hyun Hee Lee, Ji Yong Jung
Hemodialysis (HD) patients experience vascular calcification, ultimately leading to high mortality rates. Previously, we reported associations between soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGEs) and extracellular newly identified RAGE-binding protein S100A12 (EN-RAGE) and vascular calcification. Here, we extended our observations, investigating whether these biomarkers may be useful for predicting cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in these subjects. Thus, we evaluated the relationship between sRAGE and S100A12 and mortality in long-term HD patients...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914119/fibrinogen-and-d-dimer-levels-elevate-in-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-high-pretreatment-fibrinogen-levels-predict-poor-outcomes
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Zhikun Liu, Haijun Guo, Feng Gao, Qiaonan Shan, Jie Li, Haiyang Xie, Lin Zhou, Xiao Xu, Shusen Zheng
AIM: Plasma fibrinogen and D-dimer have been reported to predict survival in several types of malignancies. The aim of this study is to investigate their predictive value in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed plasma fibrinogen and D-dimer levels from 252 subjects: control (n = 20), hepatitis (n = 20), cirrhosis (n = 20), and HCC (n = 192) subjects. The clinical involvement and prognostic value of fibrinogen and D-dimer was analyzed in HCC subjects...
December 3, 2016: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913961/prediction-of-postoperative-clinical-recovery-of-drop-foot-attributable-to-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-via-a-bayesian-network
#7
Shota Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aono
BACKGROUND: Drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases can impair activities of daily living. Therefore, predictors of recovery of this symptom have been investigated using univariate or/and multivariate analyses. However, the conclusions have been somewhat controversial. Bayesian network models, which are graphic and intuitive to the clinician, may facilitate understanding of the prognosis of drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) To show a layered correlation among predictors of recovery from drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases; and (2) to develop support tools for clinical decisions to treat drop foot resulting from lumbar degenerative diseases...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913920/ns5a-resistance-associated-variants-undermine-the-effectiveness-of-ledipasvir-and-sofosbuvir-for-cirrhotic-patients-infected-with-hcv-genotype-1b
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Eiichi Ogawa, Norihiro Furusyo, Hideyuki Nomura, Kazufumi Dohmen, Nobuhiko Higashi, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Akira Kawano, Koichi Azuma, Takeaki Satoh, Makoto Nakamuta, Toshimasa Koyanagi, Masaki Kato, Shinji Shimoda, Eiji Kajiwara, Jun Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Little real-world cohort data has been reported for Asians who have received interferon-free regimens with sofosbuvir (SOF) for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety in clinical practice of ledipasvir (LDV) plus SOF for Japanese patients infected with HCV genotype 1. METHODS: This large, multicenter, real-world cohort study consisted of 772 patients treatment-naive or -experienced, with or without compensated cirrhosis, who were treated with LDV (90 mg)/SOF (400 mg) for a fixed 12-week duration...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913900/bone-mineral-density-of-extremities-is-associated-with-coronary-calcification-and-biopsy-verified-vascular-calcification-in-living-donor-renal-transplant-recipients
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Zhimin Chen, Jia Sun, Mathias Haarhaus, Peter Barany, Lars Wennberg, Jonaz Ripsweden, Torkel B Brismar, Bengt Lindholm, Annika Wernerson, Magnus Söderberg, Peter Stenvinkel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBD) may lead to low bone mineral density (BMD) and vascular calcification (VC), but links to the latter are unclear. Here we investigated associations between BMD, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, and histological signs of VC in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing living-donor kidney transplantation (LD-Rtx). In 66 ESRD patients (median age 45 years, 68% males), BMD (by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DXA), CAC score (by computed tomography, CT; n = 54), and degree of VC score (graded by histological examination of epigastric artery specimens collected at LD-Rtx; n = 55) were assessed at the time of LD-Rtx...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913873/impact-of-intensity-and-timing-of-integrated-home-palliative-cancer-care-on-end-of-life-hospitalization-in-northern-italy
#10
M Pellizzari, D Hui, E Pinato, M Lisiero, S Serpentini, L Gubian, F Figoli, M Cancian, C De Chirico, E Ferroni, F Avossa, M Saugo
PURPOSE: The Veneto Region implemented a novel integrated home-based palliative cancer care (HPCC) program embedded in primary care. We examined the impact of timing and intensity of this program on the quality of end-of-life (EOL) care. METHODS: We selected adult cancer patients died in the Veneto Region between March and December 2013, excluding those died from haematological malignancies as well as the very elderly (85+ years). We retrieved the claim-based data on hospitalization and homecare visits, and defined two observation windows: 90 to 16 days before death to examine intensity of HPCC exposure, and the last 15 days of life to examine EOL outcomes, including hospital death, any hospital stay for medical reasons and hospital stay ≥7 days for medical reasons...
December 2, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913862/prognostic-impact-of-her3-based-on-protein-and-mrna-expression-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-carcinoma
#11
Ulrike Unger, Carsten Denkert, Ioana Braicu, Jalid Sehouli, Manfred Dietel, Sibylle Loibl, Silvia Darb-Esfahani
HER3 is a member of the epidermal growth factor family and was predominantly described as a negative prognostic factor in various solid tumors as well as in ovarian cancer. In this study, we investigated HER3 on protein and mRNA expression in histologically defined subtypes of ovarian cancer looking for an influence on patient's survival. Altogether, we examined HER3 in ovarian high-grade serous (HGSC, n = 320), low-grade serous (LGSC, n = 55), endometrioid (EC, n = 33), and clear cell (CCC, n = 48) carcinomas using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR)...
December 2, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913858/limitation-of-intraoperative-frozen-section-during-thyroid-surgery
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Sandrine Estebe, Cecile Montenat, Adrien Tremoureux, Chloé Rousseau, François Bouilloud, Franck Jegoux
Retrospective analysis on 312 patients, operated for thyroid nodules between 2014 and 2015, was conducted to evaluate the impact of frozen section analysis on the strategy of thyroid nodule surgery. One hundred and ninety-three patients were included. They all underwent preoperative US, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), per operative frozen section (FS) and post operative definitive pathological analysis. Se, Sp, VPP and VPN of FNAC and FS were calculated and compared (McNemar's test). Multivariate analysis was performed to identify independent factor of good results...
December 2, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913812/association-between-cytokines-and-their-receptor-antagonist-gene-polymorphisms-and-clinical-risk-factors-and-acute-rejection-following-renal-transplantation
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SIqing Ding, Jianfei Xie, Qiquan Wan
BACKGROUND Acute rejection (AR) after renal transplantation affects both patient and graft survival. There is growing evidence of the genetic association between cytokine or its receptor antagonist and AR in solid organ transplantation. The objectives of this study were to investigate the role of recipient TNF β, IL-10, IL-1β, and IL-1 receptor antagonist (ra) gene polymorphism, as well as traditional clinical variables such as panel-reactive antibody (PRA) levels, donor type, and HLA mismatches in AR following renal transplantation...
December 3, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913775/role-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-predicting-in-hospital-outcomes-in-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-preserved-left-ventricular-function-a-5-year-retrospective-analysis
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Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Toufik Mahfood Haddad, Pranathi R Sundaragiri, Anas A Ahmed, Muhammad Sarfraz Nawaz, Hamza A A Rayes, Harish C Devineni, Arun Kanmanthareddy, Dustin A McCann, Christopher S Wichman, Ariel M Modrykamien, Lee E Morrow
BACKGROUND: The role of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is less understood in the risk stratification of patients with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD), especially in patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: This retrospective study from 2008 to 2012 evaluated all adult patients with AECOPD having BNP levels and available echocardiographic data demonstrating LVEF ≥40%. The patients were divided into groups 1, 2, and 3 with BNP ≤ 100, 101 to 500, and ≥501 pg/mL, respectively...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913765/prevalence-of-chronic-conditions-and-multimorbidities-in-a-geographically-defined-geriatric-population-with-diverse-races-and-ethnicities
#15
Eunjung Lim, Krupa Gandhi, James Davis, John J Chen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to examine racial/ethnic differences in prevalence of chronic conditions and multimorbidities in the geriatric population of a state with diverse races/ethnicities. METHOD: Fifteen chronic conditions and their dyads and triads were investigated using Hawaii Medicare 2012 data. For each condition, a multivariable logistic regression model was used to investigate differences in race/ethnicity, adjusting for subject characteristics...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913745/the-association-of-uric-acid-with-leukoaraiosis
#16
Jun-Jing Li, Yin-Hui Huang, You-Yu Lin, Mi-Mi Li, Ya-Fang Chen, Ruo-Wei Cai
OBJECTIVE: To explore the possible correlation between uric acid levels and leukoaraiosis (LA). METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled patients who presented with some neurological discomfort (e.g. dizziness, headache, mild cognitive impairment). Potential demographic and clinical risk factors associated with LA, including sex, age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, alcohol consumption, dyslipidaemia, plasma fibrinogen, D-dimer, uric acid, and homocysteine, were investigated using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses...
December 2, 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913719/surgical-site-infections-in-major-head-and-neck-surgeries-involving-pedicled-flap-reconstruction
#17
Neerav Goyal, Bharat B Yarlagadda, Daniel G Deschler, Kevin S Emerick, Derrick T Lin, Debbie L Rich, James W Rocco, Marlene L Durand
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate surgical site infections (SSI) after pedicled reconstruction in head and neck surgery. METHODS: Records of patients with pedicled flap reconstructions between 2009 and 2014 at Massachusetts Eye and Ear were reviewed. Onset of SSI or fistula ≤30 days postoperatively was noted. A free flap cohort was reviewed for comparison. RESULTS: Two hundred and eight pedicled reconstructions were performed for cancer (83%), osteoradionecrosis (7%), and other reasons (10%)...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913712/money-now-money-later-linking-time-discounting-and-criminal-convictions-in-the-cambridge-study-in-delinquent-development
#18
Alex R Piquero, David P Farrington, Wesley G Jennings
Two prominent criminological theories offer time discounting, or the preference for an immediate reward over a later one, as a central part of understanding involvement in criminal activity. Yet, there exist only a few studies investigating this issue, and they are limited in a few respects. The current study extends prior work in this area by using multiple measures of time discounting collected at three different periods of the life course to examine the link to criminal offending into late middle adulthood in the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913710/lessons-learned-from-35-cases-of-laryngeal-foreign-bodies-undergoing-misdiagnosis-in-pediatric-population
#19
Qingguo Chen, Hanqi Chu, Yanling Tao, Hongyan Huang, Liyan Peng
OBJECTIVES: To present 35 cases of laryngeal foreign bodies (FBs) in pediatric population undergoing misdiagnosis so as to draw on our lessons to improve early diagnosis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis over 15 years was conducted of 35 cases of laryngeal FBs undergoing misdiagnosis in children. Meanwhile, a control group, including 42 cases of laryngeal FBs without misdiagnosis in children, was set. These patients' clinical data were collected and analyzed to identify the risk factors for misdiagnosis...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913690/self-reported-visual-impairment-physical-activity-and-all-cause-mortality-the-hunt-study
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Audun Brunes, W Dana Flanders, Liv Berit Augestad
AIMS: To examine the associations of self-reported visual impairment and physical activity (PA) with all-cause mortality. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 65,236 Norwegians aged ⩾20 years who had participated in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT2, 1995-1997). Of these participants, 11,074 (17.0%) had self-reported visual impairment (SRVI). The participants' data were linked to Norway's Cause of Death Registry and followed throughout 2012. Hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were assessed using Cox regression analyses with age as the time-scale...
December 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
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