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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449554/a-study-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-1031-and-tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-252-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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Khairunnisak Misron, Suzina Sheikh Ab Hamid, Azlina Ahmad, Ramiza Ramza Ramli
Objectives: This case-controlled study aimed to identify the association of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α-1031 and TNFβ+252 gene polymorphisms between chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and healthy controls. Another purpose of this study was to investigate the associations of these gene polymorphisms with factors related to CRS. Methods: All deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples were genotyped for TNFα-1031 and TNFβ+252 genes by mean of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP)...
April 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449544/measurements-of-defect-structures-by-positron-annihilation-lifetime-spectroscopy-of-the-tellurite-glass-70teo2-5xo-10p2o5-10zno-5pbf2-x%C3%A2-%C3%A2-mg-bi2-ti-doped-with-ions-of-the-rare-earth-element-er-3
#2
K Pach, J Filipecki, E Golis, El S Yousef, V Boyko
The objective of the study was the structural analysis of the 70TeO2-5XO-10P2O5-10ZnO-5PbF2 (X = Mg, Bi2, Ti) tellurite glasses doped with ions of the rare-earth elements Er(3+), based on the PALS (positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy) method of measuring positron lifetimes. Values of positron lifetimes and the corresponding intensities may be connected with the sizes and number of structural defects, the sizes of which range from a few angstroms to a few dozen nanometers. Experimental positron lifetime spectrum revealed existence of two positron lifetime components τ 1 andτ 2...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449481/procalcitonin-as-preoperative-marker-for-surgery-in-advanced-parapneumonic-empyema
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Claudio Caviezel, Philipp Schuetz, Stephan Gerdes, Franco Gambazzi
BACKGROUND: The optimal time point for surgical management of advanced parapneumonic empyema in need of open pleurectomy and decortication remains unclear. We hypothesized that surgical outcomes will be better when procalcitonin (PCT) levels have dropped to normal ranges as evidence for resolution of the underlying pneumonia. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed outcomes of 38 patients with advanced parapneumonic empyema who underwent open decortication and pleurectomy with available preoperative PCT (pPCT) values...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449474/impact-of-lymph-node-management-on-resectable-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Apichat Tantraworasin, Somcharoen Saeteng, Sophon Siwachat, Tawatchai Jiarawasupornchai, Nirush Lertprasertsuke, Sarawut Kongkarnka, Chidchanok Ruengorn, Jayanton Patumanond, Emanuela Taioli, Raja M Flores
BACKGROUND: A surgical lung resection with systematic mediastinal lymph node (LN) dissection is recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline. However, the effective number of dissected LNs, stations and positivity is still controversial. The aim of this study is to identify the impact of total numbers, LN stations and positivity of dissected LNs on tumor recurrence and overall death in resectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: This prognostic study used a retrospective data collection design...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449468/pulmonary-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-versus-igg4-related-inflammatory-pseudotumor-differential-diagnosis-based-on-a-case-series
#5
Longfei Zhu, Jian Li, Chengwu Liu, Wenshuang Ding, Feng Lin, Chenglin Guo, Lunxu Liu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) has been considered as a synonym for inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) for a long time. Recent studies have indicated that IMT and IgG4-related IPT are distinct diseases. However, no consensus criteria have been recommended. Here we propose a set of criteria for the differential diagnosis. METHODS: Twenty-six archived IMT and IgG4-related IPT samples were examined for histological characteristics and the expression of IgG, IgG4, SMA and ALK-1...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449466/higher-coronary-artery-calcification-score-is-associated-with-adverse-prognosis-in-patients-with-stable-angina-pectoris
#6
Renrong Wang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Chunxia Wang, Xinhe Ye, Xin Xu, Chengjian Yang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) indicates the presence of atherosclerotic lesions and serves as a marker of prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). This study evaluated the value of the CAC score for determining the prognosis of patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP). METHODS: A total of 106 consecutive patients with SAP were enrolled in this study from January 2011 to June 2014; from these patients, 640 multi-slice computer tomography (MSCT) samples were used to obtain CAC scores...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449462/pulmonary-function-tests-findings-and-their-diagnostic-value-in-patients-with-igg4-related-disease
#7
Lu Cao, Yi-Bing Chen, Da-Hui Zhao, Wen-Fang Shi, Song Meng, Li-Xin Xie
BACKGROUND: IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is an immune-mediated fibroinflammatory disorder that can affect most organs. To date, there have been no detailed assessments of pulmonary function in patients with IgG4-RD. In this study, we investigated pulmonary function in IgG4-RD patients and evaluated the value of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in diagnosing IgG4-related respiratory disease (IgG4-RRD). METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 17 patients with IgG4-RD...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449461/correlation-of-pleural-effusions-grayscale-sonographic-parameters-with-fluid-s-analysis-results
#8
Alexandros Kalkanis, Charalampos Varsamas, Konstantinos Gourgoulianis
BACKGROUND: Quantitative sonographic methods are used to assess pleural fluid's volume but no validated method exists for the measurement of the fluids' density and other qualitative values. We suggest a quantitative method, based on the pixel density of the pleural effusion's image, in order to evaluate the echogenicity of pleural effusion. METHODS: Pleural ultrasound (US) was performed in 62 patients with pleural effusion. Five consequent images of the pleural effusion were retrieved through axial view between the 9(th) and the 10(th) rib and one from the 10(th) rib through coronal view and converted into the high-resolution tagged image file format...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449425/-the-clinical-significance-of-serum-alpha-fetoprotein-in-diagnosing-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-a-health-screening-population
#9
Young Sun Ko, Joo Hwan Bae, Dong Hyun Sinn, Geum Youn Gwak, Wonseok Kang, Yong Han Paik, Moon Seok Choi, Joon Hyeok Lee, Kwang Cheol Koh, Seung Woon Paik
Background/Aims: Serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) measurement is commonly included in a health check-up program in Korea. However, its benefits remain uncertain. We analyzed whether AFP measurement should be included in a general health check-up program to screen for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: A total of 36,552 adults aged 18 years or older-who participated in a routine health examination including AFP determination between January 2009 and December 2009 at the Health Promotion Center, Samsung Medical Center, South Korea-were analyzed...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449423/the-detection-of-messenger-rna-for-carcinoembryonic-antigen-and-cytokeratin-20-in-peritoneal-washing-fluid-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer
#10
Yeon Ji Kim, Woo Chul Chung, Sooa Choi, Yun Duk Jung, Jaejun Lee, Seung Yun Chae, Kyong Hwa Jun, Hyung Min Chin
Background/Aims: Peritoneal micrometastasis is known to play an important role in the recurrence of gastric cancer. However, its effects remain equivocal. Herein, we examine the messenger RNA (mRNA) as tumor markers, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), and cytokeratin 20 (CK20), in peritoneal washing fluid. Moreover, we evaluate whether these results could predict the recurrence of gastric cancer following curative resection. Methods: We prospectively enrolled 132 patients with gastric cancers, who had received an operation, between January 2010 and January 2013...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449362/duration-and-exclusiveness-of-breastfeeding-and-risk-of-childhood-atopic-diseases
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Niels J Elbert, Evelien R van Meel, Herman T den Dekker, Nicolette W de Jong, Tamar E C Nijsten, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Johan C de Jongste, Suzanne G M A Pasmans, Liesbeth Duijts
BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding may have immune modulatory effects that influence the development of childhood allergic sensitization and atopic diseases. We aimed to examine the associations of breastfeeding with childhood allergic sensitization, inhalant or food allergy and eczema, and whether any association was affected by disease-related modification of the exposure or modified by maternal history of maternal history of allergy, eczema or asthma. METHODS: This study among 5,828 children was performed in a population-based prospective cohort from fetal life onwards...
April 27, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449360/biologic-variability-of-cardiac-troponin-i-in-healthy-dogs-and-dogs-with-different-stages-of-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-using-standard-and-high-sensitivity-immunoassays
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Randolph L Winter, Ashley B Saunders, Sonya G Gordon, Matthew W Miller, Geoffrey T Fosgate, Jan S Suchodolski, Jörg M Steiner
BACKGROUND: Biologic variability (BV) is one aspect of interpreting changes in biomarker concentrations known to be clinically important in people with cardiac disease, but it has not been adequately addressed in dogs so far. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to determine BV of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) in healthy dogs and dogs with 3 stages of myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). METHODS: Healthy dogs and dogs with 3 stages of MMVD were prospectively assigned to groups based on comprehensive clinical evaluation using current guidelines...
April 27, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449356/fetal-head-circumference-and-subpubic-angle-are-independent-risk-factors-for-unplanned-cesarean-and-operative-delivery
#13
Giuseppe Rizzo, Elisa Aiello, Costanza Bosi, Francesco D' Antonio, Domenico Arduini
INTRODUCTION: To ascertain whether combined ultrasound assessment of fetal head circumference (HC) and maternal subpubic angle (SPA) prior to the onset of labour may predict the likelihood of an unplanned operative delivery (UOD) in nulliparous women at term. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective cohort study of singleton pregnancies in cephalic presentation. Pregnancies experiencing UOD secondary to fetal distress were excluded. HC was assessed transabdominally while SPA values were obtained from a reconstructed coronal plane on three-dimensional(3D) ultrasound performed trans-labially at 36-38 weeks of gestation...
April 27, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449353/how-excluding-some-benefits-from-value-assessment-of-new-drugs-impacts-innovation
#14
Joseph P Cook, Joseph Golec
Payers often assess the benefits of new drugs relative to costs for reimbursement purposes, but they frequently exclude some drugs' option-related benefits, reducing their reimbursement chances, and making them less attractive R&D investments. We develop and test a real options model of R&D investment that shows that excluding option-related benefits heightens drug developers' incentives to avoid high-risk (volatile) R&D investments and instead encourages them to focus on "safer" (positively skewed) investments...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449331/mir-130a-as-a-diagnostic-marker-to-differentiate-malignant-mesothelioma-from-lung-adenocarcinoma-in-pleural-effusion-cytology
#15
Rocco Cappellesso, Marco Galasso, Lorenzo Nicolè, Paolo Dabrilli, Stefano Volinia, Ambrogio Fassina
BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare tumor with a dismal prognosis, usually presenting with recurrent effusions. However, the majority of malignant pleural effusions are due to lung adenocarcinoma (AdC). The distinction between these tumors has considerable therapeutic and medicolegal implications and can be very challenging both histologically and cytologically. Appropriate immunohistochemistry (IHC) is required to support the diagnosis. MicroRNA (miRNA) expression analysis could be a viable diagnostic tool for distinguishing between these tumors...
April 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449329/valuing-productivity-costs-using-the-friction-cost-approach-estimating-friction-period-estimates-by-occupational-classifications-for-the-uk
#16
Jesse Kigozi, Sue Jowett, Martyn Lewis, Pelham Barton, Joanna Coast
The friction cost approach has been proposed as an alternative to the human capital approach in estimating productivity costs. However, it is difficult, in practice, to apply this approach due to limited availability of context-specific data. Using national and firm-level data on vacancy durations sourced from 4 organisations, we estimated vacancy durations, and consequently, length of friction period for the United Kingdom disaggregated by occupational classification. We found comparable estimates to previously reported friction periods elsewhere...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449294/analysis-of-the-prognostic-value-of-bmi-and-the-difference-in-its-impact-according-to-age-and-sex-in-dlbcl-patients
#17
Yusuke Kanemasa, Tatsu Shimoyama, Yuki Sasaki, Miho Tamura, Takeshi Sawada, Yasushi Omuro, Tsunekazu Hishima, Yoshiharu Maeda
Studies that have evaluated the prognostic value of body mass index (BMI) in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma have recently been reported. However, the impact of BMI on survival outcomes remains controversial. We retrospectively analyzed the data of 406 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients treated with R-CHOP or R-CHOP-like regimens. The number (%) of patients that were categorized into 1 of 4 groups according to BMI were underweight (<18.5 kg/m(2) ), 58 (14.3%); normal weight (≥18.5 to <25 kg/m(2) ), 262 (64...
April 27, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449249/t2-mapping-evaluation-of-early-cartilage-alteration-of-talus-for-chronic-lateral-ankle-instability-with-isolated-anterior-talofibular-ligament-tear-or-combined-with-calcaneofibular-ligament-tear
#18
Hongyue Tao, Yiwen Hu, Yang Qiao, Kui Ma, Xu Yan, Yinghui Hua, Shuang Chen
PURPOSE: To quantitatively evaluate the cartilage alteration of talus for chronic lateral ankle instability (LAI) with isolated anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) tear and combined ATFL and calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) tear using T2 -mapping at 3.0T. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 27 patients including 17 with isolated ATFL tear and 10 with ATFL+CFL tear, and 21 healthy subjects were recruited. All participants underwent T2 -mapping scan at 3T and patients completed American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) scoring...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449233/an-evaluation-of-the-international-society-for-animal-genetics-recommended-parentage-and-identification-panel-for-the-domestic-pigeon-columba-livia-domestica
#19
M de Groot, W A van Haeringen
In this study, the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) recommended panel for the identification of the domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) is characterized based on commonly used statistical parameters. The marker panel is based on 16 short tandem repeat (STR) loci (PIGN15, PIGN10, PIGN57, PIGN26, CliμD16, CliμD19, PIGN12, CliμD17, CliμT17, PIGN04, CliμD01, CliμD11, CliμD35, CliμT02, CliμT13, CliμT43). The alleles of the 16 loci consist of a mixture of tri-, tetra-, penta- and hexameric repeat patterns...
April 27, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449224/validation-of-omi-uv-satellite-data-using-spectral-and-broadband-surface-based-measurements-at-a-queensland-site
#20
Mustapha A Jebar, Alfio V Parisi, Nathan J Downs, Joanna F Turner
This research reconstructed and validated the broadband UVA irradiances derived from discrete spectral irradiance data retrieved from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) satellite from 1 January to 31 December 2009. OMI data at solar noon was compared to ground based spectral irradiances at Toowoomba (27°36' S 151°55' E), Australia at 310, 324 and 380 nm for both cloud free and all sky conditions. There was a strong relationship between the ground based UV spectroradiometer data and satellite based measurements with an R(2) of 0...
April 27, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
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