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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775908/mirror-therapy-for-improving-lower-limb-motor-function-and-mobility-after-stroke-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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P Broderick, F Horgan, C Blake, M Ehrensberger, D Simpson, K Monaghan
BACKGROUND: Mirror therapy has been proposed as an effective intervention for lower limb rehabilitation post stroke. RESEARCH QUESTION: This systematic review with meta-analysis examined if lower limb mirror therapy improved the primary outcome measures of muscle tone and motor function and the secondary outcome measures balance characteristics, functional ambulation, walking velocity, passive range of motion (PROM) for ankle dorsiflexion and gait characteristics in patients with stroke compared to other interventions...
May 12, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775885/clinical-correlates-of-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-measures-in-individuals-at-risk-for-psychosis-and-with-first-episode-psychosis
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Javier Labad, Antonio Armario, Roser Nadal, Montse Solé, Alfonso Gutiérrez-Zotes, Itziar Montalvo, Lorena Moreno-Samaniego, Lourdes Martorell, Vanessa Sánchez-Gistau, Elisabet Vilella
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis alterations in at-risk mental states (ARMS) resemble those observed in established psychosis but are less consistent. We aimed to explore HPA axis abnormalities in both first-episode psychosis (FEP) and ARMS patients, while controlling for psychopathological symptoms. We studied 21 ARMS, 34 FEP patients and 34 healthy subjects. Clinical assessment included psychopathological symptoms (positive, negative, disorganized, excited and depressive symptoms) and stress measures...
May 7, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775793/analysis-of-dna-methylation-at-specific-loci-in-stool-samples-detects-colorectal-cancer-and-high-grade-dysplasia-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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John B Kisiel, Pasquale Klepp, Hatim T Allawi, William R Taylor, Maria Giakoumopoulos, Tamara Sander, Tracy C Yab, Bjorn A Moum, Graham P Lidgard, Stephan Brackmann, Douglas W Mahoney, Arne Roseth, David A Ahlquist
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD), are at increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC). Analyses of DNA methylation patterns in stool samples have been reported to detect CRC in patients with IBD. We sought to validate these findings in larger cohorts and assess the accuracy of analysis of DNA methylation patterns in stool for detection of CRC and high-grade dysplasia (HGD) normalized to methylation level at ZDHHC1...
May 15, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775442/-copeptin-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Piotr Skrzypczyk, Magdalena Okarska-Napierała, Elżbieta Górska, Anna Stelmaszczyk-Emmel, Małgorzata Pańczyk-Tomaszewska
Studies in adult patients suggest that copeptin (C-terminal fragment of antidiuretin propeptide) is related to kidney and cardiovascular diseases. AIM: The aim was to assess copeptin concentration in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a group of 38 children with CKD (age: from 4.70 to 18.00 mean 12.23±4.19 years) we evaluated: serum copeptin concentration [ng/mL], age, sex, etiology of CKD, presence of arterial hypertension (AH), medications, glomerular filtration rate (GFR), hemoglobin, calcium-phosphorus metabolism parameters, and lipids...
April 23, 2018: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775379/decision-to-return-to-sport-participation-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-part-ii-self-reported-and-functional-performance-outcomes
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Jennifer L Werner, Julie P Burland, Carl G Mattacola, Jenny Toonstra, Robert A English, Jennifer S Howard
CONTEXT:   Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction (ACLR) is the most commonly used method for helping athletes regain function and return to preinjury activity levels after ACL injury. Outcomes after ACLR have suggested that athletes return to a level of function that would support a return to sport participation; however, in a recent meta-analysis, pooled return rates were only 55%. It is unclear whether this discrepancy is a result of functional impairments. OBJECTIVE:   To compare patient-reported outcomes (PROs), dynamic balance, dynamic functional performance, strength, and muscular endurance in athletes who have returned to sport (RTS) and athletes who have not returned to sport (NRTS) after ACLR...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775099/the-use-of-olive-tree-pruning-waste-compost-to-sequestrate-methylene-blue-dye-from-aqueous-solution
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Ioannis Anastopoulos, Ilias Margiotoudis, Ioannis Massas
Considering that quality water supplies are diminishing and climate disorder affects water cycle, wastewaters should be decontaminated for reuse either by the same establishment or in agriculture for the growth of industrial plants. In that context, much research work has been focused on the development of low cost biosorbents. In this study, the effect of composting on the adsorption capacity of olive tree pruning waste (OTPW) biomass for methylene blue (MB) removal from aqueous solutions was examined. Composting procedure may improve the sorption properties of the raw organic materials, is economical and easy to apply...
July 3, 2018: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775012/-the-clinical-value-of-china-savin-pollen-extract-used-for-skin-prick-test
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Kai Guan, J X Zhou, R Q Wang, J Yin, L L Wang, Y X Zhi, J L Sun, H Li, L P Wen, J Q Gu, R Tang, Z X Wang, L S Li, T Xu
Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of China Savin pollen extract which was used for skin prick test (SPT) in the diagnosis of China Savin pollen allergy. Method: Patients with diagnosis of allergic diseases were collected from Allergy Department of Peking Union Medical College Hospital. All patients were given SPT with China Savin pollen extract, and the mean wheal diameter (MWD) was measured after 15 minutes. Receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) analysis was performed based on the results of serum specific immunoglobulin E (sIgE)...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774875/-clinical-efficacy-of-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-combined-with-temozolomide-on-recurrent-brain-glioma
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Huiping Zhao, Sha Liu, Chengchuan Jiang, Xiangjun Li, Sanyuan Tang
To investigate the clinical efficacy of stereotactic radiation therapy combined with temozolomide on recurrent glioma.
 Methods: A total of 36 patients with recurrent glioma were retrospectively analyzed and divided into a control group (n=12), who received stereotactic radiation therapy, and an experimental group (n=24), who received stereotactic radiation therapy plus temozolomide. The clinical efficacy and adverse reactions for the 2 groups were compared.
 Results: Total effective rate and local control rate for clinical treatment were 66...
April 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774874/-survival-analysis-for-high-grade-glioma-patients-who-received-comprehensive-treatment
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Guiyun Liu, Rong Jiang, Chenyang Xu, Jiao Zhou, Fengxin Liu, Zhengwen He, Zhigang Liu
To analyze the curative effect and prognostic factors for comprehensive therapy in patients with high-grade glioma.
 Methods: Patients with high-grade glioma (WHO grade III, grade IV) were chosen from July 2008 to May 2016 in the Hunan Cancer Hospital, and a retrospective analysis was performed in 64 patients with complete follow-up data.
 Results: The follow-up time was 3-111 (median 29.5) months, the median overall survival time was 36.00 (95% CI 22.85 to 49.16) months, the median progression-free survival time (PFS) was 21...
April 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774595/long-term-schneiderian-membrane-thickness-changes-following-zygomatic-implant-placement-a-retrospective-radiographic-analysis-using-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Kai Zhao, Meifei Lian, Shengchi Fan, Wei Huang, Feng Wang, Yiqun Wu
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the long-term changes in the thickness of Schneiderian membranes after zygomatic implant placement using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-five consecutive patients were included in this study. All the patients underwent bilateral zygomatic implant placement. Schneiderian membrane thickness (SMT) in 49 maxillary sinuses (one sinus was not included because of early loss of the zygomatic implants) was measured using CBCT before and at least 1 year after zygomatic implant placement...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Oral Implants Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774589/healthcare-cost-and-utilization-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-real-world-data-from-a-large-us-claims-database
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Alina M Allen, Holly K Van Houten, Lindsey R Sangaralingham, Jayant A Talwalkar, Rozalina G McCoy
The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasing. The health care burden resulting from the multidisciplinary management of this complex disease is unknown. We assessed the total health care cost and resource utilization associated with a new NAFLD diagnosis, compared to controls with similar comorbidities. We used OptumLabs Data Warehouse, a large national administrative claims database with longitudinal health data of over 100 million individuals enrolled in private and Medicare Advantage health plans...
May 18, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774316/dual-phase-adc-modelling-of-breast-masses-in-diffusion-weighted-imaging-comparison-with-histopathologic-findings
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Gökhan Ertaş, Can Onaygil, Onur Buğdaycı, Erkin Arıbal
Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of dual-phase apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) compared to traditional ADC values in quantitative diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for differentiating between benign and malignant breast masses. Materials and Methods: Diffusion-weighted images of pathologically confirmed 88 benign and 85 malignant lesions acquired using a 3.0T MR scanner were analyzed. Small region-of-interests focusing on the highest signal intensity of lesions were used...
April 2018: European Journal of Breast Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774157/risk-assessment-of-choledocholithiasis-prior-to-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-and-its-management-options
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Ausra Aleknaite, Gintaras Simutis, Juozas Stanaitis, Jonas Valantinas, Kestutis Strupas
Background: Accurate risk evaluation of choledocholithiasis prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy is essential to determine optimal management strategy. Objective: Our study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of separate predictors and Vilnius University Hospital Index (VUHI = A/30 + 0.4 × B; A = total bilirubin concentration (µmol/l), B = common bile duct (CBD) diameter (mm) measured by ultrasound) diagnosing choledocholithiasis and to assess different management strategies (cholecystectomy with intraoperative cholangiography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP))...
April 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773991/first-biologic-drug-in-the-treatment-of-ras-wild-type-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-anti-egfr-or-bevacizumab-results-from-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Alessandro Ottaiano, Alfonso De Stefano, Monica Capozzi, Anna Nappi, Chiara De Divitiis, Carmela Romano, Lucrezia Silvestro, Antonino Cassata, Rossana Casaretti, Salvatore Tafuto, Michele Caraglia, Massimiliano Berretta, Guglielmo Nasti, Antonio Avallone
Introduction: We performed a meta-analysis in order to analyze and quantify the effect on survival of starting therapy in RAS wild-type (wt) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients with anti-EGFR agents or bevacizumab. Patients and Methods: Randomized, phase II or III, clinical trials reporting overall survival (OS) in RAS wt mCRC patients treated with first-line chemotherapy (CT) associated with bevacizumab or anti-EGFR agents were selected. The primary end-point of this meta-analysis was OS; findings were depicted in classical Forest plots...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773972/genetic-diversity-and-structure-of-tea-plant-in-qinba-area-in-china-by-three-types-of-molecular-markers
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Yu Zhang, Xiaojuan Zhang, Xi Chen, Wang Sun, Jiao Li
Background: Qinba area has a long history of tea planting and is a northernmost region in China where Camellia sinensis L. is grown. In order to provide basic data for selection and optimization of molecular markers of tea plants. 118 markers, including 40 EST-SSR, 40 SRAP and 38 SCoT markers were used to evaluate the genetic diversity of 50 tea plant ( Camellia sinensis. ) samples collected from Qinb. tea germplasm, assess population structure. Results: In this study, a total of 414 alleles were obtained using 38 pairs of SCoT primers, with an average of 10...
2018: Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773926/comparative-analysis-of-airborne-bacteria-and-fungi-in-two-salt-mines-in-poland
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Elżbieta Gębarowska, Wojciech Pusz, Jolanta Kucińska, Włodzimierz Kita
The aim of this work was to determine the genera or species composition and the number of colony forming units of airborne bacteria and fungi, respectively, in two salt mines in Poland "Wieliczka" (Lesser Poland) and "Polkowice-Sieroszowice" (Lower Silesia). Both of them are working environments characterized by extreme conditions, and additionally "Wieliczka," officially placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites' list, plays a role of tourist attraction. There are also some curative chambers located in this mine...
2018: Aerobiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773835/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#17
Zhenhua Xing, Liang Tang, Pengfei Chen, Jiabing Huang, Xiaofan Peng, Xinqun Hu
Patients with left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) undergoing cardiac surgery have a high mortality rate. Levosimendan, a calcium sensitizer, improves myocardial contractility without increasing myocardial oxygen demand. It is not clear whether levosimendan can reduce mortality in cardiac surgery patients with LVD. The PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Central databases were searched to identify randomized trials comparing levosimendan with conventional treatment in cardiac surgery patients with LVD. We derived pooled risk ratios (RRs) with random effects models...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773563/prediction-of-borderzone-infarction-by-cta-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-embolization-for-carotid-blowout
#18
B-C Lee, Y-H Lin, C-W Lee, H-M Liu, A Huang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Permanent common carotid artery and/or ICA occlusion is an effective treatment for carotid blowout syndrome. Besides postoperative thromboembolic infarction, permanent common carotid artery and/or ICA occlusion may cause borderzone infarction when the collateral flow to the deprived brain territory is inadequate. In this study, we aimed to test the predictive value of CTA for post-permanent common carotid artery and/or ICA occlusion borderzone infarction in patients with carotid blowout syndrome...
May 17, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773456/custom-air-puff-derived-biomechanical-variables-in-a-refractive-surgery-screening-setting-study-from-2-centers
#19
Vinicius S De Stefano, Ibrahim Seven, J Bradley Randleman, William J Dupps
PURPOSE: To assess the ability of air puff-derived biomechanical variables to predict surgeon-perceived candidacy for laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). SETTING: Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and Emory Eye Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Data were collected from refractive surgery screening examinations by 2 surgeons at 2 centers...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773445/transcatheter-aortic-valve-insertion-in-patients-with-hostile-ascending-aorta-calcification
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Akio Nakasu, Kevin L Greason, Vuyisile T Nkomo, Mackram F Eleid, Alberto Pochettino, Katherine S King, Gurpreet S Sandhu, Eric E Williamson, David R Holmes
OBJECTIVE: Calcification of the ascending aorta complicates aortic valve replacement. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is an alternative procedure in this situation, but it requires manipulation through the hostile area in the ascending aorta. We reviewed our transcatheter aortic valve insertion experience to better understand the surgical mortality risk of valve insertion in patients with extensive calcification of the ascending aorta. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 665 consecutive patients who received transcatheter aortic valve insertion from November 2008 through December 2015...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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