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Paul C Cremer, Yuping Wu, Haitham M Ahmed, Lee M Pierson, Danielle M Brennan, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Clinton A Brawner, Jonathan K Ehrman, Steven J Keteyian, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, Leslie Cho
Importance: Risk assessment tools for exercise treadmill testing may have limited external validity. Cardiovascular mortality has decreased in recent decades, and women have been underrepresented in prior cohorts. Objectives: To determine whether exercise and clinical variables are associated with differential mortality outcomes in men and women and to assess whether sex-specific risk scores better estimate all-cause mortality. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective cohort study included 59 877 patients seen at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF cohort) from January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2010, and 49 278 patients seen at the Henry Ford Hospital (FIT cohort) from January 1, 1991, through December 31, 2009...
October 26, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Rodolfo Furlan Damiano, Luciana Maria de Andrade Ribeiro, Amanda Guedes Dos Santos, Barbara Almeida da Silva, Giancarlo Lucchetti
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of spirituality, religiosity, personal beliefs, and previous contact with health issues on the level of empathy in medical students. Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Student Version, WHOQOL-Spirituality, Religiousness and Personal Beliefs, and Duke University Religion Index were applied to 285 Brazilian medical students. The findings suggest that meaning of life and previous mental health treatment but not Religiosity were positively related to empathy. We suggest that more attention should be given for prevention and treatment of mental health issues, and further studies are needed to understand and replicate these findings...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Religion and Health
Lemuel R Non, Carlos A Q Santos
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus lugdunensis is a coagulase-negative staphylococcus with similar virulence characteristics as S. aureus. Whether S. lugdunensis causes infective endocarditis (IE) in a similar proportion of cases as S. aureus (reported to be 12.6% in a definitive multicenter prospective study) is unclear. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of adult patients with at least one blood culture positive for S. lugdunensis at our institution from January 2006 to December 2014...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Infection
Iva Petkovska, Eugene Duke, Diego R Martin, Zeenia Irani, Christopher P Geffre, Janiel M Cragun, James R Costello, Hina Arif-Tiwari, Ferenc Czeyda-Pommersheim, Unni Udayasankar, Bobby Kalb
PURPOSE: The purpose of our study is to test for: (a) correlation between the presence of a perifollicular T2-hypointense rim on MRI with the presence of perifollicular hemorrhage on histology; and (b) correlation between this finding and diminished ovarian viability after intra-operative detorsion. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Our IRB-approved, retrospective study evaluated 780 patients between August 2012 and February 2016 with ovarian torsion as a diagnostic consideration on the emergency department note...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Andrew Mezentsev, Nikolai Østgaard, Thomas Gjesteland, Kjetil Albrechtsen, Nikolai Lehtinen, Martino Marisaldi, David Smith, Steven Cummer
A detailed analysis of Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) terrestrial gamma ray flashes (TGFs) is performed in association with World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) sources and very low frequency (VLF) sferics recorded at Duke University. RHESSI clock offset is evaluated and found to experience changes on the 5 August 2005 and 21 October 2013, based on the analysis of TGF-WWLLN matches. The clock offsets were found for all three periods of observations with standard deviations less than 100 μs...
July 16, 2016: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
Guoxu Zheng, Weimiao Li, Baile Zuo, Zhangyan Guo, Wenjin Xi, Ming Wei, Peng Chen, Weihong Wen, An-Gang Yang
CREPT (cell cycle-related and expression elevated protein in tumor) is highly expressed in many kinds of cancer, and has been shown to be prognostic in certain cancers. However, the clinical significance of CREPT in colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been sufficiently investigated. In this study, we examined the CREPT expression in 225 clinical CRC tissues and paired adjacent normal tissues, and analyzed the correlation between CREPT expression and other clinicopathological features. We also evaluated the biological function of CREPT both in vitro and in vivo using knockdown or overexpressing CRC cells...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Tatiana J D Brandão, Carolina A Januario-da-Silva, Marcelo G Correia, Monica Zappa, Jaime A Abrantes, Angela M R Dantas, Wilma Golebiovski, Giovanna Ianini F Barbosa, Clara Weksler, Cristiane C Lamas
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease. Pathogen isolation is fundamental so as to treat effectively and reduce morbidity and mortality. Blood and valve culture and histopathology (HP) are routinely employed for this purpose. Valve HP is the gold standard for diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: To determine the sensitivity and specificity of clinical criteria for IE (the modified Duke and the St Thomas' minor modifications, STH) of blood and valve culture compared to valve HP, and to evaluate antibiotic treatment duration...
October 22, 2016: Infection
Jae Hoon Lee, Duke Whan Chung, Jong Hun Baek, Young Jun Kim, So Young Park
Background Although proximal fibular flaps have been widely applied in wrist arthroplasty, controversy remains regarding which side of the proximal fibula is better for reconstruction of the distal radius. If the articular surface of the proximal fibula shows dorsal tilting, the ipsilateral (right) proximal fibula should be harvested in right wrist arthroplasty because the articular surface of the distal radius normally has volar tilt. This study investigated anatomical similarities between the proximal fibular articular surface and the distal radius articular surface based on morphologic analysis of the proximal fibula using computed tomography (CT)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Nima Sarli, Tracy Marien, Christopher R Mitchell, Giuseppe Del Giudice, Mary S Dietrich, S Duke Herrell, Nabil Simaan
BACKGROUND: Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumors (TURBT) is a challenging procedure partly due to resectoscope limitations. To date, manual resection performance has not been fully characterized. This work characterizes manual resection performance in the bladder while analyzing the effect of resection location on accuracy. METHODS: Kinematic simulations are used to assess kinematic measures of resection dexterity. An experimental protocol for manual resection accuracy assessment is developed...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
Eric W Black-Maier, Sean D Pokorney, Adam S Barnett, Peter Liu, Peter Shrader, Jason Ng, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Wojiech Zareba, James P Daubert, Augustus O Grant, Jonathan P Piccini
AIMS: Antiarrhythmic medications for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) have limited efficacy and rare but potentially life-threatening side effects. Ranolazine is an antianginal agent that may have antiarrhythmic activity in AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the Duke Enterprise Data Unified Content Explorer database, we analysed a cohort of AF patients on ranolazine. Patients served as their own historic control. Electrocardiograms (ECGs) were analysed before and after ranolazine initiation to determine the effect of ranolazine on dominant frequency (DF), f-wave amplitude, and organizational index (OI)...
October 17, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Kaylin T Nguyen, Rachel A Gladstone, Jonathan W Dukes, Babak Nazer, Eric Vittinghoff, Nitish Badhwar, Vasanth Vedantham, Edward P Gerstenfeld, Byron K Lee, Randall J Lee, Zian H Tseng, Jeffrey E Olgin, Melvin M Scheinman, Gregory M Marcus
INTRODUCTION: Atrial refractoriness may be an important determinant of atrial fibrillation (AF) risk, but its measurement is not clinically accessible. Because the QT interval predicts incident AF and the atrium and ventricle share repolarizing ion currents, we investigated the association between an individual's QT interval and atrial effective refractory period (AERP). METHODS: In paroxysmal AF patients presenting for catheter ablation, the QT interval was measured from the surface 12-lead ECG...
October 18, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Kejia Hu, Chao Chen, Qingyao Meng, Ziv Williams, Wendong Xu
BACKGROUND: With the tremendous advances in the field of brain-computer interfaces (BCI), the literature in this field has grown exponentially; examination of highly cited articles is a tool that can help identify outstanding scientific studies and landmark papers. This study examined the characteristics of 100 highly cited BCI papers over the past 10 years. METHODS: The Web of Science was searched for highly cited papers related to BCI research published from 2006 to 2015...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Ronan T Gray, Helen G Coleman, Carmel Hughes, Liam J Murray, Chris R Cardwell
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between statin use and survival in a population-based colorectal cancer (CRC) cohort and perform an updated meta-analysis to quantify the magnitude of any association. METHODS: A cohort of 8391 patients with newly diagnosed Dukes' A-C CRC (2009-2012) was identified from the Scottish Cancer Registry. This cohort was linked to the Prescribing Information System and the National Records of Scotland Death Records (until January 2015) to identify 1064 colorectal cancer-specific deaths...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Epidemiology
Valentina Giuffra, Simona Minozzi, Angelica Vitiello, Antonio Fornaciari
OBJECTIVES: Throughout history, gout has been referred to as the "disease of the kings", and has been clearly associated with the lifestyle of the aristocratic social classes. According to the written sources, several members of the famous Medici family of Florence suffered from an arthritic disease that contemporary physicians called "gout". A paleopathological study carried out on the skeletal remains of some members of the family, exhumed from their tombs in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, offered a unique opportunity to directly investigate the evidence of the arthritic diseases affecting this elite group...
September 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Yu-Bin Yan, Norm C Duke, Mei Sun
Rhizophora species are the most widely distributed mangrove trees in the Indo-West Pacific (IWP) region. Comparative studies of these species with shared life history traits can help identify evolutionary factors that have played most important roles in determining genetic diversity within and between populations in ocean-current dispersed mangrove tree species. We sampled 935 individuals from 54 natural populations for genotyping with 13 microsatellite markers to investigate the level of genetic variation, population structure, and gene flow on a broad geographic scale in Rhizophora apiculata, Rhizophora mucronata, and Rhizophora stylosa across the IWP region...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Anna Gomes, Andor W J M Glaudemans, Daan J Touw, Joost P van Melle, Tineke P Willems, Alexander H Maass, Ehsan Natour, Niek H J Prakken, Ronald J H Borra, Peter Paul van Geel, Riemer H J A Slart, Sander van Assen, Bhanu Sinha
Sensitivity and specificity of the modified Duke criteria for native valve endocarditis are both suboptimal, at approximately 80%. Diagnostic accuracy for intracardiac prosthetic material-related infection is even lower. Non-invasive imaging modalities could potentially improve diagnosis of infective endocarditis; however, their diagnostic value is unclear. We did a systematic literature review to critically appraise the evidence for the diagnostic performance of these imaging modalities, according to PRISMA and GRADE criteria...
October 13, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Naru Kondo, Yoshiaki Murakami, Kenichiro Uemura, Naoya Nakagawa, Shinya Takahashi, Hiroki Ohge, Taijiro Sueda
BACKGROUND: Although serum carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), s-pancreas antigen-1 (SPan-1), and duke pancreatic monoclonal antigen type 2 (DUPAN-II) are commonly utilized tumor markers in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), it is still unclear which is the most useful for predicting prognosis after surgical resection. Here, we aimed to compare the prognostic impact of pre- and post-operative serum CA19-9, SPan-1, and DUPAN-II levels in patients with resectable PDAC. METHODS: Pre-operative CA19-9, SPan-1, and DUPAN-II levels were analyzed to compare their prognostic values for resectable PDAC in 198 patients whose pre-operative tumor markers were available...
October 11, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Jessica Ryan Duke, Nandini Ananth
We present a mean field ring polymer molecular dynamics method to calculate the rate of electron transfer (ET) in multi-state, multi-electron condensed-phase processes. Our approach involves calculating a transition state theory (TST) estimate to the rate using an exact path integral in discrete electronic states and continuous Cartesian nuclear coordinates. A dynamic recrossing correction to the TST rate is then obtained from real-time dynamics simulations using mean field ring polymer molecular dynamics. We employ two different reaction coordinates in our simulations and show that, despite the use of mean field dynamics, the use of an accurate dividing surface to compute TST rates allows us to achieve remarkable agreement with Fermi's golden rule rates for nonadiabatic ET in the normal regime of Marcus theory...
October 14, 2016: Faraday Discussions
William S Duke, F Christopher Holsinger, Emad Kandil, Jeremy D Richmon, Michael C Singer, David J Terris
BACKGROUND: Robotic facelift thyroidectomy (RFT) was developed as a new surgical approach to the thyroid gland using a remote incision site. Early favorable results led to this confirmatory multi-institutional experience. METHODS: Prospectively collected data on consecutive patients undergoing RFT in five North American academic endocrine surgical practices were compiled. Surgical indications, operative times, final pathology, nodule size, complications, and postoperative management (drain use and length of hospital stay) were evaluated...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Noman Ahmed Jang Khan, Masroor A Khan, Guillermo Juan Morell Chardon
End stage renal disease has a list of consequences, cardiovascular being the most common. Inefficient dialysis can cause significant deposition of calcium all over the body, including heart valves making heart function impaired. We illustrate a case of 38-year-old female with end stage renal disease on peritoneal dialysis. The patient had been complaining of pain and swelling of the right hand for the last few months and had been seen by hand surgeon and was admitted electively for the biopsy of hand lesions...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
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