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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938740/selective-outcome-reporting-and-sponsorship-in-randomized-controlled-trials-in-ivf-and-icsi
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M Braakhekke, I Scholten, F Mol, J Limpens, B W Mol, F van der Veen
STUDY QUESTION: Are randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on IVF and ICSI subject to selective outcome reporting and is this related to sponsorship? SUMMARY ANSWER: There are inconsistencies, independent from sponsorship, in the reporting of primary outcome measures in the majority of IVF and ICSI trials, indicating selective outcome reporting. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: RCTs are subject to bias at various levels. Of these biases, selective outcome reporting is particularly relevant to IVF and ICSI trials since there is a wide variety of outcome measures to choose from...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938656/the-prognostic-and-diagnostic-value-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-bladder-cancer-and-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-30-published-studies
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Zheng Zhang, Wei Fan, Qiaoling Deng, Shihui Tang, Ping Wang, Peipei Xu, June Wang, Mingxia Yu
There are inconsistent conclusions in the association between circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and urothelial cancer (UC). We performed a meta-analysis to assess the prognostic and diagnostic value of CTCs in UC. We search Medline, Embase and Web of science for relevant studies. The study was set up according to the inclusion/exclusion criteria. 30 published studies with a total of 2161 urothelial cancer patients were included. Meta-analysis showed that CTC-positive was significantly associated with tumor stage (≤ II vs III, IV) (OR = 4...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938634/a-novel-predictive-model-using-routinely-clinical-parameters-to-predict-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Jian Wang, Xiaomin Yan, Yue Yang, Haiyan Chang, Bei Jia, Xiang-An Zhao, Guangmei Chen, Juan Xia, Yong Liu, Yuxin Chen, Guiyang Wang, Li Wang, Zhaoping Zhang, Weimao Ding, Rui Huang, Chao Wu
OBJECTIVES: Noninvasive models have been established for the assessment of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B(CHB). However, the predictive performance of these established models remains inconclusive. We aimed to develop a novel predictive model for liver fibrosis in CHB based on routinely clinical parameters. RESULTS: Platelets(PLT), the standard deviation of red blood cell distribution width(RDW-SD), alkaline phosphatase(ALP) and globulin were independent predictors of significant fibrosis by multivariable analysis...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938266/identification-of-an-optimal-cut-off-for-drain-fluid-amylase-on-postoperative-day-1-for-predicting-clinically-relevant-fistula-after-distal-pancreatectomy-a-multi-institutional-analysis-and-external-validation
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Laura Maggino, Giuseppe Malleo, Claudio Bassi, Valentina Allegrini, Joal D Beane, Ross M Beckman, Bofeng Chen, Euan J Dickson, Jeffrey A Drebin, Brett L Ecker, Douglas L Fraker, Michael G House, Nigel B Jamieson, Ammar A Javed, Stacy J Kowalsky, Major K Lee, Matthew T McMillan, Robert E Roses, Roberto Salvia, Vicente Valero, Lavanniya K P Velu, Christopher L Wolfgang, Amer H Zureikat, Charles M Vollmer
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between drain fluid amylase value on the first postoperative day (DFA1) and clinically relevant fistula (CR-POPF) after distal pancreatectomy (DP), and to identify the cut-off of DFA1 that optimizes CR-POPF prediction. BACKGROUND: DFA1 is a well-recognized predictor of CR-POPF after pancreatoduodenectomy, but its role in DP is largely unexplored. METHODS: DFA1 levels were correlated with CR-POPF in 2 independent multi-institutional sets of DP patients: developmental (n = 338; years 2012 to 2017) and validation cohort (n = 166; years 2006 to 2016)...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938048/a-predictive-score-for-hypotension-in-patients-with-confirmed-dengue-fever-in-cayenne-hospital-french-guiana
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Félix Djossou, Guillaume Vesin, Narcisse Elenga, Magalie Demar, Loïc Epelboin, Gaëlle Walter, Philippe Abboud, Thierry Le-Guen, Dominique Rousset, Brigitte Moreau, Aba Mahamat, Denis Malvy, Mathieu Nacher
Background: Identifying patients at risk of developing severe dengue is challenging. The objective of the present study was to determine the incidence of hypotension and its predictive factors during the Dengue 2 epidemic in 2013. Methods: In 2013, a longitudinal study was performed using data from all confirmed cases of dengue seen in Cayenne General Hospital. The analysis used Cox proportional modeling to obtain adjusted hazards ratios for hypotension. Results: A total of 806 confirmed patients were included 78 (9...
December 1, 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937610/a-methodology-for-the-design-of-application-specific-cyber-physical-social-sensing-co-simulators
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Borja Bordel Sánchez, Ramón Alcarria, Álvaro Sánchez-Picot, Diego Sánchez-de-Rivera
Cyber-Physical Social Sensing (CPSS) is a new trend in the context of pervasive sensing. In these new systems, various domains coexist in time, evolve together and influence each other. Thus, application-specific tools are necessary for specifying and validating designs and simulating systems. However, nowadays, different tools are employed to simulate each domain independently. Mainly, the cause of the lack of co-simulation instruments to simulate all domains together is the extreme difficulty of combining and synchronizing various tools...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936983/teaching-practice-and-experiences-of-verifying-the-three-laws-of-genetics-based-on-the-sslp-marker-analysis
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Xue-Ying Huang, Kai Fan, Yan-Fang Ye, Bin Wang, Wei-Ren Wu, Tao Lan
We explored the practical effect of the genetic analysis of simple sequence length polymorphism (SSLP) molecular markers in rice in the genetics lab course. Two parents and their F2 population were analyzed and detected with three SSLP molecular markers that located on two chromosomes of the rice genome. The markers' genotype data were used to verify the three laws of genetics, including segregation, independent assortment and linkage and crossing-over. Our practice has proved not only beneficial to deepen students' understandings about the three laws of genetics, but also conducive to cultivate students' interests in research and innovation and improve their skills and comprehensive analysis abilities...
September 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935492/clinical-predictors-of-response-and-discontinuation-of-belimumab-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-real-life-setting-results-of-a-large-multicentric-nationwide-study
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Luca Iaccarino, Laura Andreoli, Elena Bartoloni Bocci, Alessandra Bortoluzzi, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Fabrizio Conti, Rossella De Angelis, Ginevra De Marchi, Salvatore De Vita, Andrea Di Matteo, Giacomo Emmi, Lorenzo Emmi, Mariele Gatto, Roberto Gerli, Maria Gerosa, Marcello Govoni, Maddalena Larosa, Pier Luigi Meroni, Marta Mosca, Giulia Pazzola, Rossella Reggia, Francesca Saccon, Carlo Salvarani, Chiara Tani, Margherita Zen, Anna Chiara Frigo, Angela Tincani, Andrea Doria
OBJECTIVE: To investigate efficacy, safety and survival of belimumab and to identify predictors of drug response and drug discontinuation in patients with active SLE in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of SLE patients, treated with belimumab, from 11 Italian prospective cohorts were analyzed. SLEDAI-2K, anti-dsDNA, C3, C4, prednisone daily dose, DAS-28, 24-h proteinuria, CLASIa (Cutaneous LE Disease Area and Severity Index Activity) were recorded at baseline and every 6 months...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935479/progressive-ratio-pr-schedules-and-the-sipometer-do-they-measure-wanting-liking-and-or-reward-a-tribute-to-anthony-sclafani-and-karen-ackroff
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H R Kissileff, M Herzog
This paper honors the contributions made by Anthony (Tony) Sclafani and Karen Ackroff to both the Columbia University Seminar on Appetitive Behavior and to the field of ingestive behavior in general. We review their use of the progressive ratio (PR) licking paradigm, to determine whether the taste of sucrose, independent of its post-ingestive effects, is always positively reinforcing in animals. They demonstrated a monotonic increase in licking as concentration increased, and obtained results identical to those obtained with a lever-pressing paradigm, but licking was easier and more natural than lever pressing...
September 18, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935032/effect-of-definition-on-incidence-and-prognosis-of-type-2-myocardial-infarction
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Thomas Nestelberger, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Patrick Badertscher, Raphael Twerenbold, Karin Wildi, Dominik Breitenbücher, Zaid Sabti, Christian Puelacher, Maria Rubini Giménez, Nikola Kozhuharov, Ivo Strebel, Lorraine Sazgary, Deborah Schneider, Janina Jann, Jeanne du Fay de Lavallaz, Òscar Miró, F Javier Martin-Sanchez, Beata Morawiec, Damian Kawecki, Piotr Muzyk, Dagmar I Keller, Nicolas Geigy, Stefan Osswald, Tobias Reichlin, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: Uncertainties regarding the most appropriate definition and treatment of type 2 myocardial infarction (T2MI) due to supply-demand mismatch have contributed to inconsistent adoption in clinical practice. OBJECTIVES: This study sought a better understanding of the effect of the definition of T2MI on its incidence, treatment, and event-related mortality, thereby addressing an important unmet clinical need. METHODS: The final diagnosis was adjudicated in patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of myocardial infarction by 2 independent cardiologists by 2 methods: 1 method required the presence of coronary artery disease, a common interpretation of the 2007 universal definition (T2MI2007); and 1 method did not require coronary artery disease, the 2012 universal definition (T2MI2012)...
September 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934971/assessment-classification-and-treatment-of-calcinosis-as-a-complication-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-a-survey-of-pediatric-rheumatologists-by-the-childhood-arthritis-and-rheumatology-research-alliance-carra
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A B Orandi, K W Baszis, V R Dharnidharka, A M Huber, M F Hoeltzel
BACKGROUND: There is no standardized approach to the management of JDM-associated calcinosis and its phenotypes. Current knowledge of treatment outcomes is confined to small series and case reports. We describe physician perspectives toward diagnostic approach, classification and treatment directly targeting calcinosis, independent of overall JDM therapy. METHODS: An electronic survey of 22 questions was organized into sections regarding individual practices of assessment, classification and treatment of calcinosis, including perceived successes of therapies...
September 21, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934808/competency-based-teaching-in-radiology-implementation-and-evaluation-of-interactive-workstation-based-learning-to-apply-nklm-based-content
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Wolfgang Koestner, Wiebke Otten, Till Kaireit, Frank K Wacker, Sabine Dettmer
Purpose New teaching formats are required to implement competency-based teaching in radiology teaching. Therefore, we have established and evaluated two practical competency-based radiological courses. Materials and Methods The courses were held in a multimedia room with 25 computers and a professional DICOM viewer. Students were taught basic image analysis and presented clinical cases with a DICOM viewer under supervision of an instructor using desktop monitoring software. Two courses (elective course and obligatory course) were evaluated by the students (n = 160 and n = 100) and instructors (n = 9) using an anonymized online survey...
September 21, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934778/the-effect-of-early-use-of-supplemental-therapy-on-preventing-postherpetic-neuralgia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xiu-Fang Xing, Zhen-Feng Zhou, Feng-Jiang Zhang, Min Yan
BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the most common and refractory complication of herpes zoster (HZ). Aggressive treatment of acute pain in HZ has the potential to prevent the development of PHN, but the preventive efficacy of supplemental therapy commonly used in clinical practice is controversial. OBJECTIVES: Our aim is to examine the efficacy of supplemental therapy in preventing PHN. STUDY DESIGN: A meta-analysis. SETTING: All of the selected studies are randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934404/organizational-and-managerial-factors-associated-with-clinical-practice-guideline-adherence-a-simulation-based-study-in-36-french-hospital-wards
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Florence Saillour-Glénisson, Marion Kret, Sandrine Domecq, Matthieu Sibé, Valentin Daucourt, Virginie Migeot, David Veillard, Philippe Michel
Objectives: To identify managerial and organizational characteristics of multi-specialty medicine wards and individual characteristics of health professionals that are most strongly associated with clinical practice guidelines (CPG) adherence. Design: Cross-sectional stratified cluster sample design. Setting: Data were gathered from 36 randomly selected multi-specialty medicine wards. Participants: The study population included all health professionals involved in patient care working in the participating wards...
August 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934166/is-branched-chain-amino-acids-supplementation-an-efficient-nutritional-strategy-to-alleviate-skeletal-muscle-damage-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Alexandre Fouré, David Bendahan
Amino acids and more precisely, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), are usually consumed as nutritional supplements by many athletes and people involved in regular and moderate physical activities regardless of their practice level. BCAAs have been initially shown to increase muscle mass and have also been implicated in the limitation of structural and metabolic alterations associated with exercise damage. This systematic review provides a comprehensive analysis of the literature regarding the beneficial effects of BCAAs supplementation within the context of exercise-induced muscle damage or muscle injury...
September 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933962/tool-to-assess-causality-of-direct-and-indirect-adverse-events-associated-with-therapeutic-interventions
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Liliane Zorzela, Silvano Mior, Heather Boon, Anita Gross, Jeromy Yager, Rose Carter, Sunita Vohra
OBJECTIVE: To develop and test a tool to assess causality of direct and indirect adverse events associated with therapeutic interventions. The intervention was one or more drugs and/or natural health products, a device, or practice (professional delivering the intervention). METHODS: Through the assessment of causality of adverse events, we can learn about factors contributing to the harm and consider what modification may prevent its reoccurrence. Existing scales (WHO-UMC, Naranjo and Horn) were adapted to develop a tool (algorithm and table) to evaluate cases of serious harmful events reported through a national surveillance study...
September 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933874/wisdom-bias-and-balance-toward-a-process-sensitive-measurement-of-wisdom-related-cognition
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Justin P Brienza, Franki Y H Kung, Henri C Santos, D Ramona Bobocel, Igor Grossmann
Philosophers and behavioral scientists refer to wisdom as unbiased reasoning that guides one toward a balance of interests and promotes a good life. However, major instruments developed to test wisdom appear biased, and it is unclear whether they capture balance-related tendencies. We examined whether shifting from global, de-contextualized reports to state-level reports about concrete situations provides a less biased method to assess wise reasoning (e.g., intellectual humility, recognition of uncertainty and change, consideration of the broader context at hand and perspectives of others, integration of these perspectives or compromise), which may be aligned with the notion of balancing interests...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933634/development-of-a-multiplexed-opsonophagocytic-killing-assay-mopa-for-group-b-streptococcus
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Min Joo Choi, Ji Yun Noh, Hee Jin Cheong, Woo Joo Kim, Shun-Mei Lin, Yong Zhi, Jae Hyang Lim, Sangyong Lim, Ho Seong Seo, Joon Young Song
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a leading cause of sepsis in infants as well as chorioamnionitis in pregnant women. Opsonophagocytic killing assays (OPAs) are an essential technique in vaccine studies of encapsulated bacteria for estimating serotype-specific functional antibody levels in vitro. Here, we developed a three-fold multiplexed OPA (MOPA) to enable practical, large-scale assessment of GBS vaccine immunogenicity, including against serotypes Ia, III, and V. First, three target bacteria strains resistant to streptomycin, spectinomycin, or kanamycin were generated by natural selection through exposure to increasing antibiotic concentrations...
September 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933236/evaluating-the-contribution-of-lower-extremity-kinetics-to-whole-body-power-output-during-the-power-snatch
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Sangwoo Lee, Kyle D DeRosia, Landon M Lamie
This study evaluated the contribution of lower extremity (hip, knee and ankle) net joint torques (NJT) to whole body power (WBP) output during the power snatch (PS). Ten experienced weightlifters (five males and five females) performed five trials of the PS with 60% of one repetition maximum. Lower extremity NJT and WBP were extracted through a three-dimensional motion analyses and used for data analyses. Pearson correlation coefficients were obtained to observe the relationship between lower extremity NJT and WBP...
September 21, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933170/-pcr-diagnosis-of-infectious-diseases
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Tomáš Freiberger
The practices based on microbe cultivation are the corner stone of laboratory diagnostics of infectious diseases etiology. However, cultivation-independent molecular methods for microorganism detection are increasingly being used in a routine clinical setting as an important complement to the conventional procedures and, in some cases, they have already become the golden diagnostic standard. The PCR-based methods are used the most frequently.Key words: molecular genetic detection of microorganisms - polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
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