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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145723/statin-initiation-and-renal-outcomes-following-isolated-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-a-meta-analysis
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Yushu Wang, Sui Zhu, Rongsheng DU, Juteng Zhou, Yucheng Chen, Qing Zhang
BACKGROUND: The effects of preoperative statin therapy (PST) on renal outcomes in patients with isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are in controversial. This study aimed to assess the effects of preoperative statin use on postoperative renal outcomes in patients undergoing isolated CABG. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library were searched for studies published up to February 2017. Pooled odds ratio (OR) and its corresponding 95% confidence interval (95% CI) were calculated...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145714/clinical-and-biochemical-correlates-of-male-hypogonadism-in-type-2-diabetes
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A Herrero, M Marcos, P Galindo, J M Miralles, J J Corrales
The origin of hypogonadism, a condition including both symptoms and biochemical criteria of androgen deficiency, in type 2 diabetes is poorly known. In a cross-sectional study of 267 unselected patients, we analyzed the potential correlation of several clinical and biochemical variables as well as chronic micro- and macrovascular diabetic complications with hypogonadism. Hypogonadism was present in 46 patients (17.2%) using a cutoff of total testosterone 10.4 nmol/L and in 31 (11.6%) with a cutoff of 8 nmol/L...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145713/positron-emission-tomography-as-an-imaging-biomarker-in-a-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-of-patients-with-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Peter C Grayson, Sara Alehashemi, Armin A Bagheri, Ali Cahid Civelek, Thomas R Cupps, Mariana J Kaplan, Ashkan A Malayeri, Peter A Merkel, Elaine Novakovich, David A Bluemke, Mark A Ahlman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical value of (18) F-flurodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in a prospective cohort of patients with large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) and disease comparators. METHODS: Patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) were studied, along with a comparator group consisting of patients with hyperlipidemia, diseases that mimic LVV, and healthy controls. Participants underwent clinical evaluation and FDG-PET imaging, and patients with LVV underwent serial imaging at six-month intervals...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145707/relationship-between-testosterone-in-serum-saliva-and-urine-during-treatment-with-intramuscular-testosterone-undecanoate-in-gender-dysphoria-and-male-hypogonadism
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Y Lood, E Aardal-Eriksson, C Webe, J Ahlner, B Ekman, J Wahlberg
Long-term testosterone replacement therapy is mainly monitored by trough levels of serum testosterone (S-T), while urinary testosterone (U-T) is used by forensic toxicology to evaluate testosterone doping. Testosterone in saliva (Sal-T) may provide additional information and simplify the sample collection. We aimed to investigate the relationships between testosterone measured in saliva, serum and urine during standard treatment with 1,000 mg testosterone undecanoate (TU) every 12th week during 1 year. This was an observational study...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145657/the-utility-of-blood-neuroendocrine-gene-transcript-measurement-in-the-diagnosis-of-bronchopulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumours-and-as-a-tool-to-evaluate-surgical-resection-and-disease-progression
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Pier Luigi Filosso, Mark Kidd, Matteo Roffinella, Anna Lewczuk, Kyung-Min Chung, Agnieszka Kolasinska-Cwikla, Jaroslaw Cwikla, Anna Lowczak, Anna Doboszynska, Anna Malczewska, Maria Catalano, Valentina Zunino, Monica Boita, Emanuela Arvat, Riccardo Cristofori, Francesco Guerrera, Alberto Oliaro, Margot Tesselaar, Wieneke Buikhuisen, Beata Kos-Kudla, Mauro Papotti, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov, Irvin Modlin
OBJECTIVES: The management of bronchopulmonary neuroendocrine tumours (BPNETs) is difficult, since imaging, histology and biomarkers have a limited value in diagnosis, predicting outcome and defining therapeutic efficacy. We evaluated a NET multigene blood test (NETest) to diagnose BPNETs, assess disease status and evaluate surgical resection. METHODS: (i) Diagnostic cohort: BP carcinoids (n = 118)-typical carcinoid, n = 67 and atypical carcinoid, n = 51; other lung NEN (large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma and small-cell lung carcinoma, n = 13); adenocarcinoma, (n = 26); squamous cell carcinoma (n = 23); controls (n = 90) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 18)...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145639/assessment-of-intake-according-to-ideas-guidance-case-study
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A Bitar, M Maghrabi
Estimation of radiation intake and internal dose can be carried out through direct or indirect measurements during routine or special monitoring program. In case of Iodine-131 contamination, direct measurements, such as thyroid counting, are fast and efficient to give quick results. Generally, the calculation method implements suitable values for known parameters whereas default values are used if no information is available. However, in view to avoid significant discrepancies, IDEAS guidelines put in route a comprehensive method to evaluate the monitoring data for one and different types of monitoring...
November 14, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145617/radiological-impact-of-some-common-foods-of-southern-part-of-west-bengal-india
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Biswajit Das, Argha Deb, Saheli Chowdhury
An appreciable portion of human exposure to natural radioactivity comes from food and drinking water. Gross alpha radioactivity has been measured in thirty one food items consumed almost every day by the people of southern part of West Bengal, India, by using the solid state nuclear track detector LR-115. The annual effective doses due to intake of alpha-emitting radionuclides through these food items have also been estimated, and the total average annual dose received by an adultthrough ingestion of these foodstuffs calculated, considering the food habit of the people of the region...
November 14, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145548/supported-discharge-teams-for-older-people-in-hospital-acute-care-hospital-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Matthew Parsons, John Parsons, Paul Rouse, Avinesh Pillai, Sean Mathieson, Rochelle Parsons, Christine Smith, Tim Kenealy
Background: Supported Discharge Teams aim to help with the transition from hospital to home, whilst reducing hospital length-of-stay. Despite their obvious attraction, the evidence remains mixed, ranging from strong support for disease-specific interventions to less favourable results for generic services. Objective: To determine whether older people referred to a Supported Discharge Team have: (i) reduced length-of-stay in hospital; (ii) reduced risk of hospital readmission; and (iii) reduced healthcare costs...
November 14, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145539/socioeconomic-deprivation-household-education-and-employment-are-associated-with-increased-hospital-admissions-and-poor-glycemic-control-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Louise J Apperley, Sze M Ng
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic deprivation, obesity, and emotional discomfort are important determinants of health inequalities and poor glycemic control in children and young people with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D). OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to evaluate the incidence of hospital admissions of T1D children in relation to socioeconomic deprivation, and to determine the effects of social deprivation, body mass index (BMI), and patient-reported emotional well-being on glycemic control...
July 2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145523/cross-cultural-validation-of-the-brazilian-portuguese-version-of-the-pain-vigilance-and-awareness-questionnaire
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Fernanda Salloume Sampaio Bonafé, João Marôco, Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini Campos
AIMS: To cross-culturally adapt the Pain Vigilance and Awareness Questionnaire (PVAQ) to the Brazilian Portuguese language, to evaluate its psychometric properties when applied to Brazilian pain-free adults and to adults with different pain profiles, and to compare the PVAQ factor scores of different groups using a new method for calculating the overall scores for vigilance, attention to pain, and awareness of changes in pain. METHODS: A total of 1,143 adults (79% women; mean ± standard deviation [SD] age of 38...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145507/light-sensors-for-objective-light-measurement-in-ambulatory-polysomnography
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Rachel Schembri, Jo Spong, Allison Peters, Peter Rochford, Philip Wilksch, Fergal J O'Donoghue, Kenneth M Greenwood, Maree Barnes, Gerard A Kennedy, David J Berlowitz
Ambulatory polysomnography (PSG) does not commonly include an objective measure of light to determine the time of lights off (Loff), and thus cannot be used to calculate important indices such as sleep onset latency and sleep efficiency. This study examined the technical specifications and appropriateness of a prototype light sensor (LS) for use in ambulatory Compumedics Somte PSG.Two studies were conducted. The first examined the light measurement characteristics of the LS when used with a portable PSG device, specifically recording trace range, linearity, sensitivity, and stability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145455/association-of-polymorphisms-in-heat-shock-protein-70-genes-with-the-susceptibility-to-noise-induced-hearing-loss-a-meta-analysis
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Shimin Zong, Xue Zeng, Tianyi Liu, Fangmin Wan, Pan Luo, Hongjun Xiao
BACKGROUND: Several case-control studies reported the relationship between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HSP70 genes and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). However, their conclusions are conflicting. This meta-analysis aims to identify the association of HSP70 variants and NIHL susceptibility. METHOD: A systematical literature search was performed in PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and Wanfang Chinese database. The pooled odds radio (OR), 95% confidence interval (CI) and p value were calculated in fixed- or random-effects model according to the I2 value in the heterogeneity test...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145454/reduction-of-hiv-associated-excess-mortality-by-antiretroviral-treatment-among-tuberculosis-patients-in-kenya
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Dickens O Onyango, Courtney M Yuen, Kevin P Cain, Faith Ngari, Enos O Masini, Martien W Borgdorff
BACKGROUND: Mortality from TB continues to be a global public health challenge. TB ranks alongside Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as the leading infectious causes of death globally. HIV is a major driver of TB related morbidity and mortality while TB is the leading cause of mortality among people living with HIV/AIDS. We sought to determine excess mortality associated with HIV and the effect of antiretroviral therapy on reducing mortality among tuberculosis patients in Kenya. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of Kenya national tuberculosis program data of patients enrolled from 2013 through 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145447/from-bead-to-rod-comparison-of-theories-by-measuring-translational-drag-coefficients-of-micron-sized-magnetic-bead-chains-in-stokes-flow
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Kaiyuan Yang, Chen Lu, Xiaodan Zhao, Ryo Kawamura
Frictional drag force on an object in Stokes flow follows a linear relationship with the velocity of translation and a translational drag coefficient. This drag coefficient is related to the size, shape, and orientation of the object. For rod-like objects, analytical solutions of the drag coefficients have been proposed based on three rough approximations of the rod geometry, namely the bead model, ellipsoid model, and cylinder model. These theories all agree that translational drag coefficients of rod-like objects are functions of the rod length and aspect ratio, but differ among one another on the correction factor terms in the equations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145417/associations-between-medical-cannabis-and-prescription-opioid-use-in-chronic-pain-patients-a-preliminary-cohort-study
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Jacob M Vigil, Sarah S Stith, Ian M Adams, Anthony P Reeve
BACKGROUND: Current levels and dangers of opioid use in the U.S. warrant the investigation of harm-reducing treatment alternatives. PURPOSE: A preliminary, historical, cohort study was used to examine the association between enrollment in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) and opioid prescription use. METHODS: Thirty-seven habitual opioid using, chronic pain patients (mean age = 54 years; 54% male; 86% chronic back pain) enrolled in the MCP between 4/1/2010 and 10/3/2015 were compared to 29 non-enrolled patients (mean age = 60 years; 69% male; 100% chronic back pain)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145408/effect-of-pulse-pressure-on-borehole-stability-during-shear-swirling-flow-vibration-cementing
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Zhihua Cui, Chi Ai, Lei Lv, Fangxian Yin
The shear swirling flow vibration cementing (SSFVC) technique rotates the downhole eccentric cascade by circulating cementing fluid. It makes the casing eccentrically revolve at high speed around the borehole axis. It produces strong agitation action to the annulus fluid, makes it in the state of shear turbulent flow, and results in the formation of pulse pressure which affects the surrounding rock stress. This study was focused on 1) the calculation of the pulse pressure in an annular turbulent flow field based on the finite volume method, and 2) the analysis of the effect of pulse pressure on borehole stability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145346/role-of-delayed-time-point-imaging-during-abdominal-and-pelvic-cancer-screening-using-fdg-pet-ct-in-the-general-population
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Shotaro Naganawa, Takeharu Yoshikawa, Koichiro Yasaka, Eriko Maeda, Naoto Hayashi, Osamu Abe
Although delayed-time-point imaging is expected to improve the results of [F]-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), how examinees will benefit from dual-time-point imaging versus initial-time-point imaging alone, remains unclear. This study investigated the role of delayed-time-point imaging in improving the results of abdominal and pelvic cancer screening using FDG-PET/CT.This retrospective review included 3131 screening results (average subject age: 55.5 years, range: 40-88 years)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145326/should-fraction-flow-reserve-be-considered-an-important-decision-making-tool-to-stratify-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-for-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-meta-analysis
#18
Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Chakshu Gupta, Feng Huang
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, fraction flow reserve (FFR) is being discussed in every percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) capable hospitals. Owing to recent development in the medical field, FFR-guided PCI should be able to find a place in Interventional Cardiology. At present, the importance of FFR to stratify patients who require PCI has seldom systematically been investigated. In this analysis, we aimed to compare the major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) mainly in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) to whom PCI was recommended and deferred respectively based on the FFR value...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145314/incidence-of-lower-limb-lymphedema-after-vulvar-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Jiuzuo Huang, Nanze Yu, Xiaojun Wang, Xiao Long
BACKGROUND: Lower limb lymphedema (LLL) is an important concern for patients with vulvar cancer. Studies of the incidence of vulvar cancer-related lymphedema and its risk factors have substantially increased in the new millennium. OBJECTIVES: This article is a meta-analysis that aimed to systematically evaluate the incidence of LLL and its risk factors related to vulvar cancer. DATA SOURCES: Data were collected from eligible studies from PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Web of Science...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145307/computed-tomography-guided-percutaneous-cutting-needle-biopsy-for-small-%C3%A2-20%C3%A2-mm-lung-nodules
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Guang-Chao Li, Yu-Fei Fu, Wei Cao, Yi-Bing Shi, Tao Wang
The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility, diagnostic accuracy, and risk factor of complications of computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous cutting needle biopsy (PCNB) for small lung nodules.From January 2014 to May 2015, 141 patients with small lung nodule were performed with CT-guided PCNB procedure. Data on technical success, diagnostic accuracy, and complication were collected and analyzed.Technical success of CT-guided PCNB for small lung nodules was 100%. A total of 141 nodules were punctured...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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