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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215036/serum-levels-of-homocysteine-at-admission-are-associated-with-post-stroke-depression-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Yan Li, Li-Li Cao, Lin Liu, Qin-De Qi
The primary purpose of this study was to assess the serum levels of homocysteine (HCY) at admission to the presence of post-stroke depression (PSD). From September 2014 to December 2015, first-ever acute ischemic stroke patients within the first 24 h after stroke onset were consecutively recruited and followed-up for 3 months. Based on the symptoms, diagnoses of depression were made in accordance with DSM-IV criteria for depression. By the time of 3 month after stroke, 238 had finished the follow-up and included in our study...
February 18, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214938/baseline-trace-metals-in-patella-caerulea-in-a-central-tyrrhenian-ecosystem-pontine-islands-archipelago-and-lazio-region-coastal-sites-italy
#2
Marcelo Enrique Conti, Giustino Mele, Maria Grazia Finoia
In this study, we tested the aptitude of the gastropod mollusk Patella caerulea as biomonitor of elemental pollution in seawater of a central Tyrrhenian ecosystem (Pontine Islands archipelago and Lazio region coastal sites, Italy). Concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn were measured in 120 individuals collected in six strategic locations in two sampling campaigns during 2011 and 2012. Samples of surrounding seawater were also collected in the same sites and tested for the same metals in order to obtain the respective concentration factors (CFs)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214915/evaluation-of-the-gard-assay-in-a-blind-cosmetics-europe-study
#3
Henrik Johansson, Robin Gradin, Andy Forreryd, Maria Agemark, Kathrin Zeller, Angelica Johansson, Olivia Larne, Erwin van Vliet, Carl Borrebaeck, Malin Lindstedt
Chemical hypersensitivity is an immunological response towards foreign substances, commonly referred to as sensitizers, which gives rise primarily to the clinical symptoms known as allergic contact dermatitis. For the purpose of mitigating risks associated with consumer products, chemicals are screened for sensitizing effects. Historically, such predictive screenings have been performed using animal models. However, due to industrial and regulatory demand, animal models for the purpose of sensitization assessment are being replaced by animal-free testing methods, a global trend that is spreading across industries and market segments...
February 17, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214853/chronic-consumption-of-artificial-sweetener-in-packets-or-tablets-and-type-2-diabetes-risk-evidence-from-the-e3n-european-prospective-investigation-into-cancer-and-nutrition-study
#4
Guy Fagherazzi, Gaëlle Gusto, Aurélie Affret, Francesca Romana Mancini, Courtney Dow, Beverley Balkau, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Fabrice Bonnet, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault
BACKGROUND: The influence of artificial sweeteners on metabolic diseases is controversial. Artificially sweetened beverages have been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) but biases and reverse causation have been suspected to have influenced the observed association. In addition, it has been suggested that investigation into the relationship between the frequency and duration of the consumption of packet or tablet artificial sweeteners and T2D risk is necessary...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214846/circulating-mir-30d-predicts-survival-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
#5
Junjie Xiao, Rongrong Gao, Yihua Bei, Qiulian Zhou, Yanli Zhou, Haifeng Zhang, Mengchao Jin, Siqi Wei, Kai Wang, Xuejuan Xu, Wenming Yao, Dongjie Xu, Fang Zhou, Jingfa Jiang, Xinli Li, Saumya Das
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Identification of novel biomarkers to identify acute heart failure (AHF) patients at high risk of mortality is an area of unmet clinical need. Recently, we reported that the baseline level of circulating miR-30d was associated with left ventricular remodeling in response to cardiac resynchronization therapy in advanced chronic heart failure patients. However, the role of circulating miR-30d as a prognostic marker of survival in patients with AHF has not been explored...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214760/genotyping-analysis-of-protein-s-tokushima-k196e-and-the-involvement-of-protein-s-antigen-and-activity-in-patients-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
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Yasushi Matsukawa, Eriko Asano, Tomohide Tsuda, Hiroyuki Kuma, Tamao Kitaori, Kinue Katano, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara
OBJECTIVE: Preston et al. indicated that Protein S (PS) deficiency was associated with stillbirths but not miscarriages. The PS-Tokushima missense variant was reported to serve as a genetic risk factor for deep vein thrombosis in the Japanese population. A previous cross-sectional study showed no increase in the prevalence of PS-Tokushima in patients with recurrent early pregnancy loss or in patients with intra uterine fetal death and/or fetal growth restriction. There has been limited number of prospective studies examining the pregnancy outcome in patients with both a PS deficiency and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214742/what-s-the-agreement-between-self-reported-and-biochemical-verification-of-drug-use-a-look-at-permanent-supportive-housing-residents
#7
Alexis Rendon, Melvin Livingston, Sumihiro Suzuki, Whitney Hill, Scott Walters
Self-reported substance use is commonly used as an outcome measure in treatment research. We evaluated the validity of self-reported drug use in a sample of 334 adults with mental health problems who were residing in supportive housing programs. The primary analysis was the calculation of the positive predictive values (PPVs) of self-report compared to an oral fluid test taken at the same time. A sensitivity analysis compared the positive predictive values of two self-reported drug use histories: biological testing window (ranging between the past 96h to 30days depending on drug type) or the full past 90-day comparison window (maximum length recorded during interview)...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214659/clinical-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-of-patients-with-advanced-mesothelioma-treated-in-a-phase-i-clinical-trials-unit
#8
Dionysis Papadatos-Pastos, Desam Roda, Maria Jose De Miguel Luken, Ann Petruckevitch, Awais Jalil, Marta Capelan, Vasiliki Michalarea, Joao Lima, Nikolaos Diamantis, Jaishree Bhosle, L Rhoda Molife, Udai Banerji, Johann S de Bono, Sanjay Popat, Mary E R O'Brien, Timothy A Yap
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported a prognostic score for patients in phase I trials in the Drug Development Unit, treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital (RPS). The RPS is an objective tool used in patient selection for phase I trials based on albumin, number of disease sites and LDH. Patients with mesothelioma are often selected for phase I trials as the disease remains localised for long periods of time. We have now reviewed the clinical outcomes of patients with relapsed malignant mesothelioma (MM) and propose a specific mesothelioma prognostic score (m-RPS) that can help identify patients who are most likely to benefit from early referral...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214638/pre-residency-publication-number-does-not-predict-academic-career-placement-in-neurosurgery
#9
Marcus Daniels, Tomas Garzon-Muvdi, Russell Maxwell, Rafael J Tamargo, Judy Huang, Tim Witham, Chetan Bettegowda, Kaisorn L Chaichana
OBJECTIVE: It is unclear if pre-residency and/or residency research work impacts academic neurosurgery placement post-residency. The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact that pre-residency and residency research publication has on attaining academic faculty positions. METHODS: Alumni information was collected from 65 of the 108 (60%) neurosurgery residency websites. Graduates from these programs between 2005-2015 (N=949) were analyzed to determine factors associated with an academic career...
February 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214616/exploring-factors-influencing-low-back-pain-in-people-with-non-dysvascular-lower-limb-amputation-a-national-survey
#10
Hemakumar Devan, Paul Hendrick, Leigh Hale, Allan Carman, Michael P Dillon, Daniel Cury Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal impairment in people with lower limb amputation. Given the multifactorial nature of LBP, exploring the factors influencing the presence and intensity of LBP is warranted. OBJECTIVE: To investigate which physical, personal, and amputee-specific factors predicted presence and intensity of low back pain (LBP) in persons with non-dysvascular transfemoral (TFA) and transtibial amputation (TTA). DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional survey SETTING: A national random sample of people with non-dysvascular TFA and TTA...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214574/minimally-invasive-versus-open-approach-for-cystectomy-trends-in-the-utilization-and-demographic-or-clinical-predictors-using-the-national-cancer-database-ncdb
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Andrew G Bachman, Alexander A Parker, Marshall D Shaw, Brian W Cross, Kelly L Stratton, Michael S Cookson, Sanjay G Patel
OBJECTIVES: To examine temporal national trends of operative approach for cystectomy and identify demographic or clinical predictive factors that influence choice of approach. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent cystectomy for bladder cancer between 2010 and 2013 using the National Cancer Database (NCDB). Approach was stratified by open vs. minimally invasive (robotic or laparoscopic). Univariate Pearson chi-square and multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to assess relationships between demographic and hospital factors and the receipt of minimally invasive or open surgical approach...
February 15, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214565/trends-and-outcomes-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-upgrade-procedures-a-comparative-analysis-using-a-united-states-national-database-2003-2013
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Jim W Cheung, James E Ip, Steven M Markowitz, Christopher F Liu, George Thomas, Dmitriy N Feldman, Rajesh V Swaminathan, Bruce B Lerman, Luke K Kim
BACKGROUND: While outcomes after de novo CRT implantations have been reported, there are limited data on CRT upgrade procedures. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study to examine trends and in-hospital outcomes of patients undergoing upgrade to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) procedures using a large, national inpatient database. METHODS: Using the National Inpatient Sample database, we identified all patients undergoing CRT upgrade and de novo CRT implants between 2003 and 2013...
February 15, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214528/adaptive-independent-vector-analysis-for-multi-subject-complex-valued-fmri-data
#13
Li-Dan Kuang, Qiu-Hua Lin, Xiao-Feng Gong, Fengyu Cong, Vince D Calhoun
BACKGROUND: Complex-valued fMRI data can provide additional insights beyond magnitude-only data. However, independent vector analysis (IVA), which has exhibited great potential for group analysis of magnitude-only fMRI data, has rarely been applied to complex-valued fMRI data. The main challenges in this application include the extremely noisy nature and large variability of the source component vector (SCV) distribution. NEW METHOD: To address these challenges, we propose an adaptive fixed-point IVA algorithm for analyzing multiple-subject complex-valued fMRI data...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214507/impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-long-term-mortality-in-patients-presenting-for-coronary-angiography
#14
Barak Zafrir, Ronen Jaffe, Ronen Rubinshtein, Basheer Karkabi, Moshe Y Flugelman, David A Halon
To understand the current impact of diabetes mellitus (DM) on long-term outcomes among patients referred for coronary angiography, we studied 14,337 consecutive patients (5,279 diabetic patients [37%]) referred to coronary angiography for assessment or treatment of coronary artery disease. We investigated long-term all-cause mortality and its interaction with hypoglycemic therapy and presenting coronary status. At baseline, patients with DM had more hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and renal failure; more were women, overweight, and more had previous coronary interventions...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214491/relationship-between-patient-reported-symptoms-limitations-in-daily-activities-and-psychological-impact-in-varicose-veins
#15
Rajiv Mallick, Brajesh Kumar Lal, Claire Daugherty
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between patient-reported symptoms, functional limitations, and psychological impact of varicose veins (VVs) vs pathophysiologic mechanism, incorporating demographic and behavioral factors. METHODS: We conducted a pooled analysis from two clinical studies (Efficacy and Safety Study of Polidocanol Injectable Foam for the Treatment of Saphenofemoral Junction Incompetence [VANISH-1] and Polidocanol Endovenous Microfoam Versus Vehicle for the Treatment of Saphenofemoral Junction Incompetence [VANISH-2]) in patients with VVs (superficial venous reflux only)...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214487/radiofrequency-ablation-with-concomitant-stab-phlebectomy-increases-risk-of-endovenous-heat-induced-thrombosis
#16
Caitlin W Hicks, Sandra R DiBrito, J Trent Magruder, M Libby Weaver, Cathy Barenski, Jennifer A Heller
OBJECTIVE: Endovenous heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) is a well-documented phenomenon that follows endovenous ablation, but the treatment, surveillance, and risk factors for EHIT have yet to be comprehensively elucidated. We sought to identify characteristics that may put patients at higher risk for development of EHIT after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of symptomatic superficial venous insufficiency. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of all consecutive patients undergoing treatment with RFA to the great saphenous vein by a single surgeon from July 2013 through October 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214424/association-between-plaque-characteristics-and-the-amount-of-debris-captured-by-a-filter-type-distal-protection-device-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#17
Katsuhide Kitagawa, Tetsuya Amano, Tadayuki Uetani, Hideki Ishii, Takahiro Okumura, Susumu Suzuki, Hiroaki Takashima, Akiyoshi Kurita, Hirohiko Ando, Tatsuaki Matsubara, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Disruption of atherosclerotic plaque and distal embolism often cause peri-procedural myocardial injury during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In the present study, we evaluate the association between the characteristics of the target lesion and the amount of debris captured by the filter-type distal protection device. METHODS: We enrolled 120 consecutive patients with acute coronary syndrome, who underwent coronary stent implantation with a filter-type distal protection device after integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound (IB-IVUS) analysis...
February 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214400/association-between-bisphosphonate-therapy-and-outcomes-from-rehabilitation-in-older-people
#18
James A Goodbrand, Lloyd D Hughes, Lynda Cochrane, Peter T Donnan, Mark McGilchrist, Helen Frost, Marion E T McMurdo, Miles D Witham
BACKGROUND: Bisphosphonate therapy may have actions beyond bone, including effects on cardiovascular, immune and muscle function. We tested whether bisphosphonate treatment is associated with improved outcomes in older people undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: Analysis of prospectively collected, linked routine clinical datasets. Participants were divided into never users of bisphosphonates, use prior to rehabilitation only, use after rehabilitation only, and current users (use before and after rehabilitation)...
February 11, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214386/management-and-prognosis-of-hcc-in-the-elderly-results-of-an-in-field-multicenter-cohort-study
#19
Mauro Borzio, Elena Dionigi, Alessandro Vitale, Angelo Rossini, Massimo Marignani, Fabio Fornari, Susanna Vicari, Ilario De Sio, Fabio Farinati, Emanuela Bertolini, Filippo Oliveri, Gioacchino Leandro, Giampiero Francica, Mario Mitra, Barbara Omazzi, Sergio Boccia, Andrea Salmi, Anna Toldi, Rodolfo Sacco
AIMS: This multicentre cohort study evaluated the role of aging on clinical characteristics, treatment allocation, and outcome of new HCCs, in clinical practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From September 2008, 541 patients aged > 70 years old (elderly group), and 527 ≤ 70 years old (non elderly group) with newly diagnosed HCC were consecutively enrolled in 30 Italian centres. Differences in clinical characteristics and treatment allocation between groups were described by a multivariable logistic regression model measuring the inverse probability weight to meet the elderly group...
February 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214384/placental-pathology-in-hiv-infection-at-term-a-comparison-with-hiv-uninfected-women
#20
Emma Kalk, Pawel Schubert, Julie A Bettinger, Mark F Cotton, Monika Esser, Amy Slogrove, Colleen A Wright
OBJECTIVES: To describe and correlate placental characteristics from pregnancies in HIV-infected and HIV-negative women with maternal and infant clinical and immunological data. METHODS: Prospective descriptive study of placentas from term, uncomplicated vaginal births in a cohort of HIV-infected (n=120) and HIV-negative (n=103) women in Cape Town, South Africa. Microscopic and macroscopic features were used to determine pathological cluster diagnoses. The majority of HIV-infected women received some form of drug treatment for the prevention of vertical transmission of HIV...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
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