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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538950/association-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-with-survival-in-patients-with-stage-ii-or-iii-gastric-cancer
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Yuming Jiang, Tuanjie Li, Xiaoling Liang, Yanfeng Hu, Lei Huang, Zhenchen Liao, Liying Zhao, Zhen Han, Shuguang Zhu, Menglan Wang, Yangwei Xu, Xiaolong Qi, Hao Liu, Yang Yang, Jiang Yu, Wei Liu, Shirong Cai, Guoxin Li
Importance: The current staging system of gastric cancer is not adequate for defining a prognosis and predicting the patients most likely to benefit from chemotherapy. Objective: To construct a survival prediction model based on specific tumor and patient characteristics that enables individualized predictions of the net survival benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with stage II or stage III gastric cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this multicenter retrospective analysis, a survival prediction model was constructed using data from a training cohort of 746 patients with stage II or stage III gastric cancer who satisfied the study's inclusion criteria and underwent surgery between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2012, at Nanfang Hospital in Guangzhou, China...
May 24, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538499/expectations-and-experiences-of-follow-up-and-self-care-after-living-kidney-donation-a-focus-group-study
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Karine E Manera, Camilla S Hanson, Jeremy R Chapman, John Kanellis, John Gill, Jonathan C Craig, Steve J Chadban, Germaine Wong, Angelique F Ralph, Allison Tong
BACKGROUND: Ensuring donor wellbeing warrants ongoing monitoring following living kidney donation. However, there is considerable variability in donor follow up processes, including information provided to donors regarding self-care. Loss to follow up is common, suggesting that the aims and benefits of monitoring and follow up may not be apparent. We aimed to describe the experiences and expectations of living kidney donors regarding follow up and self-care after donation. METHODS: Participants from 3 transplant centers in Australia and Canada participated in 14 focus groups (n=123)...
May 24, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538466/increasing-research-capacity-in-a-safety-net-setting-through-an-academic-clinical-partnership
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J Margo Brooks Carthon, Sara Holland, Kerry Gamble, Helyn Rothwell, Darcy Pancir, Jim Ballinghoff, Linda Aiken
Safety net settings care for a disproportionate share of low-resource patients often have fewer resources to invest in nursing research. To address this dilemma, an academic-clinical partnership was formed in an effort to increase nursing research capacity at a safety net setting. Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research located at the University of Pennsylvania partnered researchers and baccalaureate-prepared nurses in an 18-month research skill development program...
June 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538427/return-on-investment-of-advanced-practice-medical-degrees-nps-vs-pas
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Christopher K Craig, James H Holmes, Jeffery E Carter
As the United States faces a predicted physician shortage over the next 2 decades, physician assistants (PAs) and NPs are expected to fill the void. At the same time, because education is expensive, student loan and tuition increases have many potential applicants assessing differences in reimbursement and wondering about their return on investment (ROI). An analysis compared PA and NP salaries by incorporating national salary data, federal income tax, and student loans for a comparative analysis of each career pathway...
June 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538169/racial-differences-in-colorectal-cancer-survival-at-a-safety-net-hospital
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Umit Tapan, Shin Yin Lee, Janice Weinberg, Vijaya B Kolachalama, Jean Francis, Marjory Charlot, Kevan Hartshorn, Vipul Chitalia
BACKGROUND: While racial disparity in colorectal cancer survival have previously been studied, whether this disparity exists in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer receiving care at safety net hospitals (and therefore of similar socioeconomic status) is poorly understood. METHODS: We examined racial differences in survival in a cohort of patients with stage IV colorectal cancer treated at the largest safety net hospital in the New England region, which serves a population with a majority (65%) of non-Caucasian patients...
May 21, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537984/postoperative-high-sensitivity-troponin-and-its-association-with-30-day-and-12-month-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-on-pump-cardiac-surgery
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Eckhard Mauermann, Daniel Bolliger, Jens Fassl, Martin Grapow, Esther E Seeberger, Manfred D Seeberger, Miodrag Filipovic, Giovanna A L Lurati Buse
BACKGROUND: Troponin T is a predictor of cardiac morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery with most data examining fourth generational troponin T assays. We hypothesize that postoperative high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) measured in increments of the upper limit of the norm independently predicts 30-day all-cause mortality. METHODS: We included consecutive patients undergoing on-pump cardiac surgery from February 2010 to March 2012 in a prospective cohort that measured hsTnT at 0600 of the first and second postoperative day...
May 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537717/organophosphate-esters-in-air-snow-and-seawater-in-the-north-atlantic-and-the-arctic
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Jing Li, Zhiyong Xie, Wenying Mi, Senchao Lai, Chongguo Tian, Kay-Christian Emeis, Ralf Ebinghaus
The concentrations of eight organophosphate esters (OPEs) have been investigated in air, snow and seawater samples collected during the cruise of ARK-XXVIII/2 from 6th June to 3rd July 2014 across the North Atlantic and the Arctic. The sum of gaseous and particle concentrations (∑OPE) ranged from 35 to 343 pg/m3. The three chlorinated OPEs accounted for 88 ± 5% of the ∑OPE. The most abundant OPE was tris-(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), with concentrations ranging from 30 to 227 pg/m3, followed by three major OPEs, such as tris-(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP, 0...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535464/occurrence-of-marine-algal-toxins-in-oyster-and-phytoplankton-samples-in-daya-bay-south-china-sea
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Tao Jiang, Lei Liu, Yang Li, Jing Zhang, Zhijun Tan, Haiyan Wu, Tianjiu Jiang, Songhui Lu
The occurrence and seasonal variations of marine algal toxins in phytoplankton and oyster samples in Daya Bay (DYB), South China Sea were investigated. Two Dinophysis species, namely, D. caudata and D. acuminata complex, were identified as Okadaic acid (OA)/pectenotoxin (PTX) related species. Liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis demonstrated that 2.04-14.47 pg PTX2 per cell was the predominant toxin in single-cell isolates of D. caudata. D. acuminata was not subjected to toxin analysis...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535444/passive-detection-of-pb-in-water-using-rock-phosphate-agarose-beads
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Harry M Edenborn, Bret H Howard, James I Sams, Dorothy J Vesper, Sherie L Edenborn
In this study, passive detectors for Pb were prepared by immobilizing powdered rock phosphate in agarose beads. Rock phosphate has been used to treat Pb-contaminated waters and soil by fixing the metal as an insoluble pyromorphite mineral. Under lab conditions, Pb was rapidly adsorbed from aqueous solution by the beads over time, consistent with the acidic dissolution of rock phosphate, the precipitation of pyromorphite within the pore space of the agarose gel matrix, and surface exchange reactions. Net accumulation of Pb occurred when beads were exposed to simulated periodic releases of Pb over time...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535301/life-events-and-black-white-differences-in-adult-children-s-financial-assistance-to-mothers
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Sung S Park
Background and Objectives: Parents who experience life events with negative economic consequences may rely on adult children for financial assistance. This study provided national estimates of Black and White mothers' financial help from adult children. It also examined whether the Black-White difference in the likelihood of a mother's receipt of financial assistance persisted after accounting for life events reflecting parental need and children's ability to provide help. Research Design and Methods: The Health and Retirement Study was used to examine late middle aged (51-70) Black and White mothers' financial help from adult children...
May 23, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535189/predicting-accurate-contacts-in-thousands-of-pfam-domain-families-using-pconsc3
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Mirco Michel, Marcin J Skwark, David Menéndez Hurtado, Magnus Ekeberg, Arne Elofsson
Motivation: A fewyears ago it was shown that by using amaximumentropy approach to describe couplings between columns in a multiple sequence alignment it is possible to significantly increase the accuracy of residue contact predictions. For very large protein families with more than 1000 effective sequences the accuracy is sufficient to produce accurate models of proteins as well as complexes. Today, for about half of all Pfam domain families no structure is known, but unfortunately most of these families have at most a few hundred members, i...
May 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535103/value-frameworks-for-the-patient-provider-interaction-a-comparison-of-the-asco-value-framework-versus-nccn-evidence-blocks-in-determining-value-in-oncology
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Bijal Shah-Manek, Joseph S Galanto, Huong Nguyen, Robert Ignoffo
BACKGROUND: To address the rising concern about oncology drug costs, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently developed unique tools to help providers and patients make informed decisions about the value of an anticancer regimen. The ASCO Value Framework (AVF) allows users to generate a net health benefit (NHB) score along with drug acquisition costs for oncology regimens that have been compared in a prospective randomized clinical trial...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534782/reinforce-an-ensemble-approach-for-inferring-ppi-network-from-ap-ms-data
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Bo Tian, Qiong Duan, Can Zhao, Ben Teng, Zengyou He
Affinity Purification-Mass Spectrometry (AP-MS) is one of the most important technologies for constructing protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks. In this paper, we propose an ensemble method, Reinforce, for inferring PPI network from AP-MS data set. The new algorithm named Reinforce is based on rank aggregation and false discovery rate control. Under the null hypothesis that the interaction scores from different scoring methods are randomly generated, Reinforce follows three steps to integrate multiple ranking results from different algorithms or different data sets...
May 17, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534659/health-care-costs-among-men-with-favorable-risk-prostate-cancer-managed-with-observation-strategies-versus-immediate-treatment-in-an-integrated-health-care-system
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Furaha Kariburyo, Yuexi Wang, I-Ning Elaine Cheng, Lisa Wang, David Morgenstern, Igor Asner, Lin Xie, Eric Meadows, John Danella
OBJECTIVE: This study explored short-term health care costs of men managed with observation strategies (OBS) versus immediate treatment (IMT) for favorable risk prostate cancer (PCa) from Geisinger Health System, a single integrated health system in Pennsylvania, as evidence from the community setting is limited. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted using electronic health records from men aged ≥40 years diagnosed with favorable risk PCa (T1 or 2, PSA ≤15 ng/mL, Gleason ≤7 [3 + 4]) between January 2005 and October 2013...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534268/impact-of-thyme-powder-thymus-vulgaris-l-supplementation-on-gene-expression-profiles-of-cytokines-and-economic-efficiency-of-broiler-diets
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Fardos A M Hassan, Ashraf Awad
This study was conducted in an attempt to evaluate the impact of thyme powder supplementation on broiler diets with respect to cytokine and mucin2 gene expressions. It was also our aim to evaluate the growth performance, blood biochemical and hematological profiles, and economic efficiency of the diet. A total of 120 1-day old chicks (Cobb 500) were divided into four groups on the basis of the diet. One group received a basal diet (control) while the others received a basal diet supplemented with 2, 5, or 8 g/kg of thyme powder...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534165/-the-german-research-network-cure-net-a-benefit-for-patients-with-rare-diseases
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REVIEW
A-K Ebert
With the help of the media, there is growing public awareness for the problems associated with rare diseases and their impact on the lives of those affected and their families. Bladder exstrophy-epispadias complex (BEEC) is also a part of the group of rare diseases within the urological field. The German network CURE-Net was founded in 2009 to systematically collect data regarding the epidemiological and molecular causes, and clinical and psychosocial effects of congenital urorectal malformations. With the help of self-help groups a national registry could be established for systematic data retrieval...
May 22, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533939/efficacy-of-peptide-receptor-radionuclide-therapy-with-177-lu-octreotate-in-metastatic-pulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumors-a-dual-centre-analysis
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Amir Sabet, Alexander R Haug, Collin Eiden, Christoph J Auernhammer, Birgit Simon, Peter Bartenstein, Hans J Biersack, Samer Ezziddin
There is lack of data on the specific benefit of peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) in neuroendocrine tumors (NET) of pulmonary origin. This dual- centre study aimed to assess outcome and toxicity of standardized PRRT with (177)Lu-octreotate in a patient population of advanced pulmonary NET of grade 1-2. We retrospectively assessed 22 consecutively patients treated with 4 intended cycles at 3 monthly intervals (mean activity per cycle 7.8±0.68 GBq). In a median follow-up period of 54 months, no significant nephrotoxicity (≥ grade 3) was observed...
2017: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533794/boron-supply-enhances-aluminum-tolerance-in-root-border-cells-of-pea-pisum-sativum-by-interacting-with-cell-wall-pectins
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Xue Wen Li, Jia You Liu, Jing Fang, Lin Tao, Ren Fang Shen, Ya Lin Li, Hong Dong Xiao, Ying Ming Feng, Hai Xiang Wen, Jia Hua Guan, Li Shu Wu, Yong Ming He, Heiner E Goldbach, Min Yu
Aluminum (Al) toxicity is the primary factor limiting crop growth in acidic soils. Boron (B) alleviates Al toxicity in plants, which is mainly considered to be due to the formation of Rhamnogalacturonan II-B (RGII-B) complexes, which helps to stabilize the cytoskeleton. It is unclear yet whether this is due to the increasing of net negative charges and/or further mechanisms. Kinetics of Al accumulation and adsorption were investigated using entire cells, cell wall and pectin of root border cells (RBCs) of pea (Pisum sativum), to reveal the mechanism of B in interacting with alkali-soluble and chelator-soluble pectin for an increased Al tolerance in RBCs...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533759/changes-in-the-relative-balance-of-approach-and-avoidance-inclinations-to-use-alcohol-following-cue-exposure-vary-in-low-and-high-risk-drinkers
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Ross C Hollett, Werner G K Stritzke, Phoebe Edgeworth, Michael Weinborn
According to the ambivalence model of craving, alcohol craving involves the dynamic interplay of separate approach and avoidance inclinations. Cue-elicited increases in approach inclinations are posited to be more likely to result in alcohol consumption and risky drinking behaviors only if unimpeded by restraint inclinations. Current study aims were (1) to test if changes in the net balance between approach and avoidance inclinations following alcohol cue exposure differentiate between low and high risk drinkers, and (2) if this balance is associated with alcohol consumption on a subsequent taste test...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533305/changes-in-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-with-immediate-versus-deferred-antiretroviral-therapy-initiation-among-hiv-positive-participants-in-the-start-strategic-timing-of-antiretroviral-treatment-trial
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Jason V Baker, Shweta Sharma, Amit C Achhra, Jose Ignacio Bernardino, Johannes R Bogner, Daniel Duprez, Sean Emery, Brian Gazzard, Jonathan Gordin, Greg Grandits, Andrew N Phillips, Siegfried Schwarze, Elsayed Z Soliman, Stephen A Spector, Giuseppe Tambussi, Jens Lundgren
INTRODUCTION: HIV infection and certain antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications increase atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk, mediated, in part, through traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied cardiovascular disease risk factor changes in the START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) trial, a randomized study of immediate versus deferred ART initiation among HIV-positive persons with CD4(+) cell counts >500 cells/mm(3)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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