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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339761/combined-modality-therapy-in-stage-iiia-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-clarity-or-confusion-despite-the-highest-level-of-evidence
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Branislav Jeremic, Francesc Casas, Pavol Dubinsky, Antonio Gomez-Caamano, Nikola Cihoric, Gregory Videtic, Miroslav Latinovic
Recent years have witnessed a number of clinical trials in Stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) comparing (A) induction chemotherapy (CHT) with induction CHT and radiotherapy (RT), each followed by surgery; (B) either induction CHT or induction RT-CHT, each followed by surgery, with definitive RT-CHT (no surgery). Due to the heterogeneity of patient, tumor and treatment characteristics across these trials, various meta-analyses (MAs) have been performed to define the optimal treatment approach in this setting for this clinical presentation...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333478/geographic-distribution-of-california-mental-health-professionals-in-relation-to-sociodemographic-characteristics
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Ryan N Sharma, Rachel N Casas, Nicole M Crawford, Lauren N Mills
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether geographic access to licensed mental health providers in California is a barrier for underserved populations. METHOD: Data from the master file of the California Board of Psychology and Board of Behavioral Sciences were merged with U.S. Census data to determine the correlations between the concentration of providers and the corresponding sociodemographic characteristics of places in California. RESULTS: This article shows that the concentration of licensed mental health providers in the communities of California varies systematically with the racial, ethnic, age, education, and economic characteristics of those places...
March 23, 2017: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332864/effect-of-density-gradient-centrifugation-on-reactive-oxygen-species-in-human-semen
#3
Teppei Takeshima, Yasushi Yumura, Shinnosuke Kuroda, Takashi Kawahara, Hiroji Uemura, Akira Iwasaki
Density gradient centrifugation can separate motile sperm from immotile sperm and other cells for assisted reproduction, but may also remove antioxidants from seminal plasma, resulting in oxidative stress. Therefore, we investigated reactive oxygen species (ROS) concentrations and distribution in semen before and after density gradient centrifugation. We assessed semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm motility, and ROS levels before and after density gradient centrifugation (300 x g for 20 minutes) in 143 semen samples from 118 patients...
March 23, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331499/qualitative-reflections-casa-s-trauma-and-attachment-group-tag-program-for-youth-who-have-experienced-early-developmental-trauma
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Chandra K Ashton, Anna O'Brien-Langer, Karin Olson, Peter H Silverstone
OBJECTIVE: We demonstrated previously that the Trauma and Attachment Group (TAG) program for youth in middle childhood significantly improved caregiver/child attachment relationships, reduced children's symptoms of attachment trauma, and increased the caregiver's ability for self-reflection. Here we examine the perspectives of both those administering and those taking part in this intensive dyad-based group intervention. METHODS: Utilizing an ethnographic design we collected and analyzed qualitative data obtained through a focus group and interviews with program facilitators, as well as interviews with participating caregivers...
2017: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331015/association-between-clinically-recorded-alcohol-consumption-and-initial-presentation-of-12-cardiovascular-diseases-population-based-cohort-study-using-linked-health-records
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Steven Bell, Marina Daskalopoulou, Eleni Rapsomaniki, Julie George, Annie Britton, Martin Bobak, Juan P Casas, Caroline E Dale, Spiros Denaxas, Anoop D Shah, Harry Hemingway
Objectives To investigate the association between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease at higher resolution by examining the initial lifetime presentation of 12 cardiac, cerebrovascular, abdominal, or peripheral vascular diseases among five categories of consumption.Design Population based cohort study of linked electronic health records covering primary care, hospital admissions, and mortality in 1997-2010 (median follow-up six years).Setting CALIBER (ClinicAl research using LInked Bespoke studies and Electronic health Records)...
March 22, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330865/an-automated-smartphone-based-diagnostic-assay-for-point-of-care-semen-analysis
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Manoj Kumar Kanakasabapathy, Magesh Sadasivam, Anupriya Singh, Collin Preston, Prudhvi Thirumalaraju, Maanasa Venkataraman, Charles L Bormann, Mohamed Shehata Draz, John C Petrozza, Hadi Shafiee
Male infertility affects up to 12% of the world's male population and is linked to various environmental and medical conditions. Manual microscope-based testing and computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA) are the current standard methods to diagnose male infertility; however, these methods are labor-intensive, expensive, and laboratory-based. Cultural and socially dominated stigma against male infertility testing hinders a large number of men from getting tested for infertility, especially in resource-limited African countries...
March 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330361/symplectic-time-average-propagators-for-the-schr%C3%A3-dinger-equation-with-a-time-dependent-hamiltonian
#7
Sergio Blanes, Fernando Casas, Ander Murua
Several symplectic splitting methods of orders four and six are presented for the step-by-step time numerical integration of the Schrödinger equation when the Hamiltonian is a general explicitly time-dependent real operator. They involve linear combinations of the Hamiltonian evaluated at some intermediate points. We provide the algorithm and the coefficients of the methods, as well as some numerical examples showing their superior performance with respect to other available schemes.
March 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326870/misidentification-of-mental-health-symptoms-in-presence-of-organic-diseases-and-delirium-during-psychiatric-liaison-consulting
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Victor Henrique Oyamada Otani, Thaís Zélia Dos Santos Otani, Andrea Freirias, Elie Leal de Barros Calfat, Patricia Satiko Aoki, Quirino Cordeiro, Richard A A Kanaan, Sean Cross, Susan Liersch-Sumskis, Ricardo Riyoiti Uchida
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of misidentification of organic mental disorders and delirium in patients undergoing psychiatric liaison consultation. METHODS: Data were collected at Santa Casa de São Paulo between July of 2009 and March of 2013. We included in our analysis all inpatients for whom the requesting service judged that a psychiatric consultation was required for a possible mental health condition. Outcomes of interest were the instances of misidentification where a condition was initially deemed to be of a psychiatric nature, whereas the final diagnosis by the liaison psychiatric team was of an organic disease or delirium...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326513/manual-vs-computer-assisted-sperm-analysis-can-casa-replace-manual-assessment-of-human-semen-in-clinical-practice
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Joanna Talarczyk-Desole, Anna Berger, Grażyna Taszarek-Hauke, Jan Hauke, Leszek Pawelczyk, Piotr Jedrzejczak
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to check the quality of computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) system in comparison to the reference manual method as well as standardization of the computer-assisted semen assessment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted between January and June 2015 at the Andrology Laboratory of the Division of Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology, Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poland. The study group consisted of 230 men who gave sperm samples for the first time in our center as part of an infertility investigation...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325560/long-term-prognosis-of-childhood-absence-epilepsy
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C Martínez-Ferrández, E Martínez-Salcedo, C Casas-Fernández, H Alarcón-Martínez, S Ibáñez-Micó, R Domingo-Jiménez
INTRODUCTION: Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is considered easily manageable with medication provided that a strict patient classification system is employed. It accounts for 10% of all childhood epilepsy cases starting before the age of 15 and it is most frequent in school-aged girls. The aim of this study is to analyse long-term outcomes of patients diagnosed with CAE according to the Loiseau and Panayiotopoulos criteria and treated during childhood. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study including 69 patients with CAE who are currently older than 11; data were gathered from medical histories, EEG records, and telephone questionnaires...
March 18, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324200/prevalence-and-characterization-of-non-sicca-onset-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-with-interstitial-lung-involvement
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Manfredi Andreina, Sebastiani Marco, Cerri Stefania, Cassone Giulia, Bellini Pietrantonio, Della Casa Giovanni, Luppi Fabrizio, Ferri Clodoveo
Primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS)-related interstitial lung disease (ILD) involved about 10-20% of patients. In 20% of cases, ILD can be diagnosed before pSS; anyway, few studies have investigated the frequency of ILD as the first clinically relevant manifestation of pSS, generally referred to retrospective studies. Aim of our prospective study was to describe prevalence, clinical, serological, and instrumental features of non-sicca onset pSS patients with interstitial lung involvement. During a period of 48 months, all consecutive patients diagnosed as pSS were enrolled...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323564/differential-susceptibility-of-bighorn-sheep-ovis-canadensis-and-domestic-sheep-ovis-aries-neutrophils-to-mannheimia-haemolytica-leukotoxin-is-not-due-to-differential-expression-of-cell-surface-cd18
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Rohana P Dassanayake, Sudarvili Shanthalingam, Weiguo Liu, Eduardo Casas, Subramaniam Srikumaran
Bighorn sheep ( Ovis canadensis ) are more susceptible to pneumonia caused by Mannheimia haemolytica than are domestic sheep ( Ovis aries ). Leukotoxin produced by M. haemolytica is the principal virulence factor involved in pneumonia pathogenesis. Although leukotoxin is cytolytic to all subsets of ruminant leukocytes, neutrophils are the most susceptible subset. Bighorn sheep neutrophils are 4- to 8-fold more susceptible to leukotoxin-induced cytolysis than are domestic sheep neutrophils. We hypothesized that the higher susceptibility of bighorn sheep neutrophils, in comparison to domestic sheep neutrophils, is due to higher expression of CD18, the receptor for leukotoxin on leukocytes...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321937/ultrafine-particles-and-black-carbon-personal-exposures-in-asthmatic-and-non-asthmatic-children-at-school-age
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Pau Pañella, Maribel Casas, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Raquel Garcia-Esteban, Oliver Robinson, Antònia Valentín, John Gulliver, Isabelle Momas, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Martine Vrijheid, Jordi Sunyer
Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) exposure during childhood is associated with asthma; however, the contribution of the different TRAP pollutants in each microenvironment (home, school, transportation, others) in asthmatic and non-asthmatic children is unknown. Daily (24 h) personal black carbon (BC), ultrafine particles (UFP), and alveolar lung deposited surface area (LDSA) individual exposure measurements were obtained from 100 children (29 past and 21 current asthmatics, 50 non-asthmatics) aged 9±0.7 years from the INMA-Sabadell cohort (Catalonia, Spain)...
March 20, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318561/litter-assessment-on-99-cuban-beaches-a-baseline-to-identify-sources-of-pollution-and-impacts-for-tourism-and-recreation
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C M Botero, G Anfuso, C Milanes, A Cabrera, G Casas, E Pranzini, A T Williams
Litter presence was assessed on the entire Cuban coastline, and includes 99 beaches from all Cuban regions, during field work carried out in 2012 and 2015. A standard method verified in several countries was applied, which classified beaches for nine types of litter into four grades (A-excellent to D-poor). Almost half of the Cuban beaches obtained excellent cleanliness scores, although many needed to be better managed. In this baseline, the most common types of residue were general litter (8% grade D and 35% grades B/C) and potentially harmful litter (<68% with grade A)...
March 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317201/anionic-derivatives-of-perfluorinated-trimethylgold
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Babil Menjón, Alberto Pérez-Bitrián, Sonia Martínez-Salvador, Miguel Baya, José María Casas, Antonio Martín, Jesús Orduna
The homoleptic compound [PPh₄][CF₃AuCF₃] cleanly undergoes photoinduced oxidative addition of CF₃I to afford the organogold(III) derivative [PPh₄][(CF₃)₃AuI] in good yield and under mild conditions. This compound provides a convenient entry to the chemistry of the perfluorinated (CF₃)₃Au fragment whose properties are analyzed with the aid of DFT methods and compared with those of the homologous non-fluorinated (CH₃)₃Au moiety. It is found that reductive elimination of CX₃-CX₃ in the former (X = F) requires a much higher energy barrier than in the latter (X = H) and is therefore considerably less favored...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316010/protective-effect-of-lactobacillus-casei-on-dmh-induced-colon-carcinogenesis-in-mice
#16
Cesar Antonio Irecta-Nájera, María Del Rosario Huizar-López, Josefina Casas-Solís, Patricia Castro-Félix, Anne Santerre
The administration of probiotics is a promising approach to reduce the prevalence of colon cancer, a multifactorial disease, with hereditary factors, as well as environmental lifestyle-related risk factors. Biogenic polyamines, putrescine, spermidine, and spermine are small cationic molecules with great roles in cell proliferation and differentiation as well as regulation of gene expression. Ornithine decarboxylase is the first rate-limiting enzyme for polyamine synthesis, and upregulation of ornithine decarboxylase activity and polyamine metabolism has been associated with abnormal cell proliferation...
March 18, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314926/american-football-and-fatal-exertional-heat-stroke-a-case-study-of-korey-stringer
#17
Andrew Grundstein, John A Knox, Jennifer Vanos, Earl R Cooper, Douglas J Casa
On August 1, 2001, Korey Stringer, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, became the first and to date the only professional American football player to die from exertional heat stroke (EHS). The death helped raise awareness of the dangers of exertional heat illnesses in athletes and prompted the development of heat safety policies at the professional, collegiate, and interscholastic levels. Despite the public awareness of this death, no published study has examined in detail the circumstances surrounding Stringer's fatal EHS...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302496/community-acquired-pneumococcal-pneumonia-in-virologically-suppressed-hiv-infected-adult-patients-a-matched-case-control-study
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Catia Cillóniz, Antoni Torres, Christian Manzardo, Albert Gabarrús, Juan Ambrosioni, Adriana Salazar, Felipe García, Adrián Ceccato, Josep Mensa, Jorge Puig de la Bella Casa, Asunción Moreno, Jose M Miró
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to investigate whether the clinical presentations and outcomes (length-of-stay (LOS), intensive care unit (ICU) admission and 30-day mortality) of pneumococcal pneumonia in virologically suppressed HIV-infected patients on ART with a CD4+ T cell count >350 cells/mm(3) are comparable to those seen in non-HIV-infected patients, using a case-control design. METHODS: A case-control study was carried out in Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain (2001-2016)...
March 13, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301570/human-metapnuemovirus-infections-in-hospitalized-children-and-comparison-with-other-respiratory-viruses-2005-2014-prospective-study
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María Luz García-García, Cristina Calvo, Cristina Rey, Beatriz Díaz, Maria Del Mar Molinero, Francisco Pozo, Inmaculada Casas
BACKGROUND: Human metapneumovirus (HMPV) has an important etiological role in acute lower respiratory infections in children under five years. Our objectives were to estimate the relative contribution of HMPV to hospitalization in children with acute respiratory infection, to define the clinical and epidemiological features of HMPV single and multiple infections, and to compare HMPV infections with respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV), rhinovirus (HRV), adenovirus and human bocavirus infections in the same population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300992/continuity-of-care-from-the-perspective-of-users
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Felismina Rosa P Mendes, Maria Laurência G Parreirinha Gemito, Ermelinda do Carmo Caldeira, Isaura da Conceição Serra, Maria Vitória Casas-Novas
Continuity of care, in addition to ensuring improvement of the quality of care, contributes to the reduction of health costs. The objective of this study was to analyse the continuity of care in health units in the municipality of Évora (south of Portugal), from the perspective of users. This is across-sectional, exploratory and descriptive study with a quantitative approach, with a sample consisting of 342 users of health units. The instrument was a questionnaire adapted from English and Spanish studies. The results show that elements of continuity were identified in the different dimensions of the continuity of care - relational, management, information and some items of flexible continuity...
March 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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