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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086767/quantifying-traditional-chinese-medicine-patterns-using-modern-test-theory-an-example-of-functional-constipation
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Minxue Shen, Yuanwu Cui, Ming Hu, Linyong Xu
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to validate a scale to assess the severity of "Yin deficiency, intestine heat" pattern of functional constipation based on the modern test theory. METHODS: Pooled longitudinal data of 237 patients with "Yin deficiency, intestine heat" pattern of constipation from a prospective cohort study were used to validate the scale. Exploratory factor analysis was used to examine the common factors of items. A multidimensional item response model was used to assess the scale with the presence of multidimensionality...
January 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081152/increased-serum-sodium-and-serum-osmolarity-are-independent-risk-factors-for-developing-chronic-kidney-disease-5-year-cohort-study
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Masanari Kuwabara, Ichiro Hisatome, Carlos A Roncal-Jimenez, Koichiro Niwa, Ana Andres-Hernando, Thomas Jensen, Petter Bjornstad, Tamara Milagres, Christina Cicerchi, Zhilin Song, Gabriela Garcia, Laura G Sánchez-Lozada, Minoru Ohno, Miguel A Lanaspa, Richard J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Epidemics of chronic kidney disease (CKD) not due to diabetes mellitus (DM) or hypertension have been observed among individuals working in hot environments in several areas of the world. Experimental models have documented that recurrent heat stress and water restriction can lead to CKD, and the mechanism may be mediated by hyperosmolarity that activates pathways (vasopressin, aldose reductase-fructokinase) that induce renal injury. Here we tested the hypothesis that elevated serum sodium, which reflects serum osmolality, may be an independent risk factor for the development of CKD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081128/radiation-exposure-from-diagnostic-imaging-in-a-cohort-of-pediatric-transplant-recipients
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Alexandra Seal, Michael Hawkes, Ravi Bhargava, Michelle Noga, Jutta Preiksaitis, Curtis Mabilangan, Joan Robinson
Recipients of solid organ transplants (SOT) have extensive diagnostic imaging (DI). The purpose of this study was to quantify this exposure. Children from northern Alberta with SOTs at Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta January 1, 2006, to July 31, 2012, were included. Effective doses of radiation were estimated using published norms for DI performed post-transplant up to October 16, 2014. The 54 eligible children had 6215 DI studies (5628 plain films, 293 computerized tomography (CT) scans, 149 positron emission topography (PET) -CT scans, 47 nuclear medicine scans and 98 cardiac catheterizations)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079780/subspecialty-influence-on-scientific-peer-review-for-an-obstetrics-and-gynecology-journal-with-a-high-impact-factor
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Laura I Parikh, Rebecca S Benner, Thomas W Riggs, Nicholas Hazen, Nancy C Chescheir
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether quality of peer review and reviewer recommendation differ based on reviewer subspecialty in obstetrics and gynecology and to determine the role of experience on reviewer recommendation. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of reviews submitted to Obstetrics & Gynecology between January 2010 and December 2014. Subspecialties were determined based on classification terms selected by each reviewer and included all major obstetrics and gynecology subspecialties, general obstetrics and gynecology, and nonobstetrics and gynecology categories...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078659/summer-research-training-provides-effective-tools-for-underrepresented-minorities-to-obtain-doctoral-level-degrees
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Oluwatoyin A Asojo, Ashish Damania, Teri L Turner, Gayle Slaughter, Kendal D Hirschi
The ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the USA is not reflected in its healthcare and biomedical workforce. Undergraduate research programs are used to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue training for biomedical careers, but there is limited published data on doctoral degree completion rates by participants in these programs. This study evaluates the attainment of doctoral degrees by a NIH-funded cohort of undergraduates from the 1998-2002 Baylor College of Medicine's Summer Medical Research Training (SMART) program...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078311/common-variant-rs356182-near-snca-defines-a-parkinson-s-disease-endophenotype
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Christine A Cooper, Nimansha Jain, Michael D Gallagher, Daniel Weintraub, Sharon X Xie, Yosef Berlyand, Alberto J Espay, Joseph Quinn, Karen L Edwards, Thomas Montine, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Trojanowski, Cyrus P Zabetian, Alice S Chen-Plotkin
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) presents clinically with several motor subtypes that exhibit variable treatment response and prognosis. Here, we investigated genetic variants for their potential association with PD motor phenotype and progression. METHODS: We screened 10 SNPs, previously associated with PD risk, for association with tremor-dominant (TD) versus postural-instability gait disorder (PIGD) motor subtypes. SNPs that correlated with the TD/PIGD ratio in a discovery cohort of 251 PD patients were then evaluated in a multi-site replication cohort of 559 PD patients...
January 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074569/screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-implications-of-samhsa-s-sbirt-initiative-for-substance-abuse-policy-and-practice
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Thomas F Babor, Frances Del Boca, Jeremy W Bray
AIMS: This paper describes the major findings and public health implications of a cross-site evaluation of a national Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) demonstration program funded by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). METHODS: Eleven multi-site programs in two cohorts of SAMHSA grant recipients were each funded for 5 years to promote the adoption and sustained implementation of SBIRT. The SBIRT cross-site evaluation used a multi-method evaluation design to provide comprehensive information on the processes, outcomes and costs of SBIRT as implemented in a variety of medical and community settings...
February 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074497/in-vivo-imaging-of-the-progression-of-acute-lung-injury-using-hyperpolarized-1-13-c-pyruvate
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Mehrdad Pourfathi, Yi Xin, Stephen J Kadlecek, Maurizio F Cereda, Harrilla Profka, Hooman Hamedani, Sarmad M Siddiqui, Kai Ruppert, Nicholas A Drachman, Jennia N Rajaei, Rahim R Rizi
PURPOSE: To investigate pulmonary metabolic alterations during progression of acute lung injury. METHODS: Using hyperpolarized [1-(13) C] pyruvate imaging, we measured pulmonary lactate and pyruvate in 15 ventilated rats 1, 2, and 4 h after initiation of mechanical ventilation. Lung compliance was used as a marker for injury progression. 5 untreated rats were used as controls; 5 rats (injured-1) received 1 ml/kg and another 5 rats (injured-2) received 2 ml/kg hydrochloric acid (pH 1...
January 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072796/incidence-of-spontaneous-resorption-of-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-meta-analysis
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Ming Zhong, Jin-Tao Liu, Hong Jiang, Wen Mo, Peng-Fei Yu, Xiao-Chun Li, Rui Rui Xue
BACKGROUND: Lumbar disc herniation (LDH), a common disease, is often treated conservatively, frequently resulting in spontaneous resorption of the herniated disc. The incidence of this phenomenon, however, remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the incidence of spontaneous resorption after conservative treatment of LDH using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. STUDY DESIGN: Meta-analysis and systematic review of cohort studies...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072712/seniorlab-a-prospective-observational-study-investigating-laboratory-parameters-and-their-reference-intervals-in-the-elderly
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Martin Risch, Urs Nydegger, Lorenz Risch
BACKGROUND: In clinical practice, laboratory results are often important for making diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic decisions. Interpreting individual results relies on accurate reference intervals and decision limits. Despite the considerable amount of resources in clinical medicine spent on elderly patients, accurate reference intervals for the elderly are rarely available. The SENIORLAB study set out to determine reference intervals in the elderly by investigating a large variety of laboratory parameters in clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunology...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069620/prenatal-exposure-to-antiepileptic-drugs-and-use-of-primary-healthcare-during-childhood-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-denmark
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Anne Mette Würtz, Dorte Rytter, Claus Høstrup Vestergaard, Jakob Christensen, Mogens Vestergaard, Bodil Hammer Bech
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal exposure to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has been associated with adverse outcomes in the offspring such as congenital malformations and neuropsychiatric disorders. The objective of this study was to investigate whether prenatal exposure to AEDs is also associated with more frequent use of primary healthcare during childhood. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Nationwide national registers in Denmark. PARTICIPANTS: All live-born singletons in Denmark during 1997-2012 identified in the Danish National Patient Register and followed until 31 December 2013 (n=963 010)...
January 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067757/family-medicine-physicians-with-substance-use-disorder-a-5-year-outcome-study
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John S Rose, Michael D Campbell, Peter Yellowlees, Gregory E Skipper, Robert L DuPont
OBJECTIVES: There is little published evidence on how well family medicine physicians (FMPs) with substance use disorder (SUD) perform in Physician Health Programs (PHPs). We examined outcomes for FMP compared with non-FMP physicians. METHODS: This study utilized data from a 5-year, longitudinal, cohort study involving 904 physicians with diagnoses of SUD consecutively admitted to one of 16 state PHPs between 1995 and 2001. We compared 175 FMPs to 687 other physicians...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067293/drug-response-prediction-as-a-link-prediction-problem
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Zachary Stanfield, Mustafa Coşkun, Mehmet Koyutürk
Drug response prediction is a well-studied problem in which the molecular profile of a given sample is used to predict the effect of a given drug on that sample. Effective solutions to this problem hold the key for precision medicine. In cancer research, genomic data from cell lines are often utilized as features to develop machine learning models predictive of drug response. Molecular networks provide a functional context for the integration of genomic features, thereby resulting in robust and reproducible predictive models...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064353/who-is-a-healthy-subject-consensus-results-on-pivotal-eligibility-criteria-for-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Kerstin Breithaupt-Groegler, Christoph Coch, Martin Coenen, Frank Donath, Katharina Erb-Zohar, Klaus Francke, Karin Goehler, Mario Iovino, Klaus Peter Kammerer, Gerd Mikus, Jens Rengelshausen, Hildegard Sourgens, Reinhard Schinzel, Thomas Sudhop, Georg Wensing
INTRODUCTION/METHODS: A discussion forum was hosted by the German not-for-profit Association for Applied Human Pharmacology (AGAH e.V.) to critically review key eligibility criteria and stopping rules for clinical trials with healthy subjects, enrolling stakeholders from the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organisations, academia, ethics committees and competent authority. RESULTS: Pivotal eligibility criteria were defined for trials with new investigational medicinal products (IMPs) or with clinically established IMPs...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064089/frontiers-of-high-throughput-metabolomics
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REVIEW
Mattia Zampieri, Karthik Sekar, Nicola Zamboni, Uwe Sauer
Large scale metabolomics studies are increasingly used to investigate genetically different individuals and time-dependent responses to environmental stimuli. New mass spectrometric approaches with at least an order of magnitude more rapid analysis of small molecules within the cell's metabolome are now paving the way towards true high-throughput metabolomics, opening new opportunities in systems biology, functional genomics, drug discovery, and personalized medicine. Here we discuss the impact and advantages of the progress made in profiling large cohorts and dynamic systems with high temporal resolution and automated sampling...
January 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062963/does-demand-for-breast-augmentation-reflect-national-financial-trends
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L Kearney, R T Dolan, A J Clover, E J Kelly, E O'Broin, M O'Shaughnessy, S T O'Sullivan
: Aesthetic plastic surgery is a consumer-driven industry, subject to influence by financial forces. A changing economic environment may thus impact on the demand for surgery. The aim of this study was to explore trends in demand for bilateral breast augmentation (BBA) in consecutively presenting patients over an 11-year period and to examine if a correlation exists between these trends and changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a key economic indicator. This study revealed a correlation between annual number of breast augmentation procedures performed and GDP values (r (2) = 0...
January 7, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059156/genetic-screening-in-arterial-hypertension
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REVIEW
Gian Paolo Rossi, Giulio Ceolotto, Brasilina Caroccia, Livia Lenzini
Studies involving adoptive families and twins have demonstrated the genetic basis of hypertension and shown that genetic factors account for about 40% of the variance in blood pressure among individuals. Arterial hypertension is genetically complex: multiple genes influence the blood pressure phenotype through allelic effects from single genes and gene-gene interactions. Moreover, environmental factors also modify the blood pressure phenotype. This complexity explains why the identification of the underlying genes has not been as successful in hypertension as in other diseases (such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus)...
January 6, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057790/novel-risk-markers-and-risk-assessments-for-cardiovascular-disease
#18
REVIEW
Mark R Thomas, Gregory Y H Lip
The use of risk markers has transformed cardiovascular medicine, exemplified by the routine assessment of troponin, for both diagnosis and assessment of prognosis in patients with chest pain. Clinical risk factors form the basis for risk assessment of cardiovascular disease and the addition of biochemical, cellular, and imaging parameters offers further refinement. Identifying novel risk factors may allow greater risk stratification and a steady, but gradual progression toward precision medicine. Indeed, the generation of data in this area of research is explosive and when combined with new technologies and techniques provides the potential for more refined, targeted approaches to cardiovascular medicine...
January 6, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056830/development-of-aspergillosis-in-a-cohort-of-non-neutropenic-non-transplant-patients-colonised-by-aspergillus-spp
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José Barberán, Francisco-Javier García-Pérez, Victoria Villena, Alberto Fernández-Villar, Eduardo Malmierca, Cristina Salas, María-José Giménez, Juan-José Granizo, Lorenzo Aguilar
BACKGROUND: A previous study explored factors discriminating colonization and true infection among non-transplant, non-neutropenic patients with repeated Aspergillus spp. isolation from lower respiratory samples. The present study explored the evolution of patients with Aspergillus colonization in that study to determine the percentage of cases progressing to aspergillosis and time to development. METHODS: Clinical records were retrospectively reviewed (for each patient from his end date in the past study) and data from all respiratory processes suffered by patients up to April 2015 were recorded...
January 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056726/community-mapping-of-sex-work-criminalization-and-violence-impacts-on-hiv-treatment-interruptions-among-marginalized-women-living-with-hiv-in-vancouver-canada
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Shira M Goldenberg, Kathleen Deering, Ofer Amram, Silvia Guillemi, Paul Nguyen, Julio Montaner, Kate Shannon
Despite the high HIV burden faced by sex workers, data on access and retention in antiretroviral therapy (ART) are limited. Using an innovative spatial epidemiological approach, we explored how the social geography of sex work criminalization and violence impacts HIV treatment interruptions among sex workers living with HIV in Vancouver over a 3.5-year period. Drawing upon data from a community-based cohort (AESHA, 2010-2013) and linked external administrative data on ART dispensation, GIS mapping and multivariable logistic regression with generalized estimating equations to prospectively examine the effects of spatial criminalization and violence near women's places of residence on 2-day ART interruptions...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
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