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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342427/reconstructive-aortic-valve-surgery-in-the-elderly-techniques-and-outcomes
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Paul P Urbanski, Atanas Jankulovski, Kiril Doldurov, Xiaochun Zhan, Ayman Sodah, Michael Zacher, Anno Diegeler
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate operative techniques and long-term results after aortic valve or root repair in patients aged 75 years or more. METHODS: Between November 2002 and January 2016, a total of 815 patients underwent aortic valve or root repair. Among them were 100 patients aged 75 years or more (mean, 78 ± 3; range, 75-88 years), including 17 patients operated on an emergency basis because of acute aortic dissection. None/trivial, mild, moderate, and severe insufficiency grades were presented in 9, 23, 27, and 41 patients, respectively...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342421/the-relation-between-plasma-%C3%AE-synuclein-level-and-clinical-symptoms-or-signs-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Michalina Malec-Litwinowicz, Andrzej Plewka, Danuta Plewka, Edyta Bogunia, Michał Morek, Andrzej Szczudlik, Michał Szubiga, Monika Rudzińska-Bar
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson disease (PD) is the common neurodegenerative disease. α-Synuclein (ASN), main aggregating protein in neural cells of CNS in PD, was found in peripheral fluids. Testing ASN in plasma is potential test for diagnose PD, but previous studies are controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate if plasma ASN level may be a valuable biomarker, is the level of plasma ASN concentration different in various motor subtypes of diseases, is there a relation between the level of plasma ASN and the severity of motor symptoms...
November 21, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342381/long-term-follow-up-of-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance
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Robert A Kyle, Dirk R Larson, Terry M Therneau, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji Kumar, James R Cerhan, S Vincent Rajkumar
Background Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) occurs in approximately 3% of persons 50 years of age or older. Methods We studied 1384 patients who were residing in southeastern Minnesota and in whom MGUS was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in the period from 1960 through 1994; the median follow-up was 34.1 years (range, 0.0 to 43.6). The primary end point was progression to multiple myeloma or another plasma-cell or lymphoid disorder. Results During 14,130 person-years of follow-up, MGUS progressed in 147 patients (11%), a rate that was 6...
January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342310/temporal-trends-of-sources-of-cigarettes-among-u-s-high-school-students-2001-2015
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Hongying Dai, Jianqiang Hao
Introduction: Restricting the supply of cigarettes to youth plays an important role in reducing youth smoking. Methods: The study included data from 8 years of the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) from 2001 to 2015 with 99,572 high school students less than 18 years old. Data were weighted to provide national estimates of the temporal trends of cigarette sources. Each cigarette source was analyzed by a separate multivariable logistic regression model and the linear trend odds ratio (aOR) was adjusted by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and smoking frequency...
January 12, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342308/chronic-kidney-disease-burden-among-african-migrants-in-three-european-countries-and-in-urban-and-rural-ghana-the-rodam-cross-sectional-study
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David N Adjei, Karien Stronks, Dwomoa Adu, Erik Beune, Karlijn Meeks, Liam Smeeth, Juliet Addo, Ellis Owuso-Dabo, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah, Joachim Spranger, Silver Bahendeka, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Charles Agyemang
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major burden among sub-Saharan African (SSA) populations. However, differences in CKD prevalence between rural and urban settings in Africa, and upon migration to Europe are unknown. We therefore assessed the differences in CKD prevalence among homogenous SSA population (Ghanaians) residing in rural and urban Ghana and in three European cities, and whether conventional risk factors of CKD explained the observed differences. Furthermore, we assessed whether the prevalence of CKD varied among individuals with hypertension and diabetes compared with individuals without these conditions...
January 12, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342288/association-between-abcg2-rs2231142-and-poor-response-to-allopurinol-replication-and-meta-analysis
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Mary C Wallace, Rebecca L Roberts, Payal Nanavati, Jeffrey N Miner, Nicola Dalbeth, Ruth Topless, Tony R Merriman, Lisa K Stamp
Objective: ABCG2 rs2231142 (Q141K) has been reported to be associated with poor response to allopurinol, while there are conflicting data on the association between the genetically independent ABCG2 rs10011796 variant and allopurinol response. The aim of this study was to replicate the association of ABCG2 rs2231142 and rs10011796 with allopurinol response and perform a meta-analysis. Methods: Participants in the Long-term Allopurinol Safety Study Evaluating Outcomes in Gout Patients (LASSO) (n = 299) were studied...
January 12, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342063/low-prevalence-of-hip-and-knee-arthritis-in-active-marathon-runners
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Danielle Y Ponzio, Usman Ali M Syed, Kelly Purcell, Alexus M Cooper, Mitchell Maltenfort, Julie Shaner, Antonia F Chen
BACKGROUND: Existing evidence on whether marathon running contributes to hip and knee arthritis is inconclusive. Our aim was to describe hip and knee health in active marathon runners, including the prevalence of pain, arthritis, and arthroplasty, and associated risk factors. METHODS: A hip and knee health survey was distributed internationally to marathon runners. Active marathoners who completed ≥5 marathons and were currently running a minimum of 10 miles per week were included (n = 675)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342061/the-effect-of-alternative-bearing-surfaces-on-the-risk-of-revision-due-to-infection-in-minimally-stabilized-total-knee-replacement-an-analysis-of-326-603-prostheses-from-the-australian-orthopaedic-association-national-joint-replacement-registry
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Christopher J Vertullo, Peter L Lewis, Yi Peng, Stephen E Graves, Richard N de Steiger
BACKGROUND: The effect of alternative bearing materials on the risk of revision due to infection after total knee replacement remains uncertain. By reducing the immunomodulating polyethylene wear-particle burden and with different substrate bacterial adhesion properties, Oxinium oxidized zirconium and cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) could alter infection risk. The purpose of the current study was to analyze the risk of revision for infection in 3 comparisons of bearing combinations. METHODS: To evaluate the risk of revision for infection with XLPE, cobalt-chromium (CoCr) on XLPE was compared with CoCr on non-cross-linked polyethylene (NXLPE)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342051/does-hospital-volume-affect-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-vestibular-schwannoma-surgery
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Jonathan L Hatch, Michael J Bauschard, Shaun A Nguyen, Paul R Lambert, Ted A Meyer, Theodore R McRackan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of hospital surgical case volume on the outcomes of vestibular schwannoma surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review. SETTING: University HealthSystem Consortium member hospitals (includes nearly every US academic medical center). PATIENTS: Three thousand six hundred ninety-seven patients who underwent vestibular schwannoma resection over a 3-year timespan (2012-2015) grouped by race, age, comorbidities, payer, and sex...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341983/diarrheagenic-escherichia-coli-and-acute-gastroenteritis-in-children-in-davidson-county-tennessee-united-states-a-case-control-study
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Aamer Imdad, Monique A Foster, Junaid Iqbal, Christopher Fonnesbeck, Daniel C Payne, Chengxian Zhang, James D Chappell, Natasha Halasa, Oscar G Gómez-Duarte
BACKGROUND: Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli (DEC) are an important cause of acute gastroenteritis in children; however, there is limited information available on the epidemiology, phylogenetics, serotyping, and antibiotic susceptibility of DEC in children in the United States. The aim of this study was to determine the molecular epidemiology of DEC among children with and without acute gastroenteritis in Davidson County, Tennessee. METHODS: This prospective, frequency matched, case-control study recruited subjects 15 days to 17 years of age and detected DEC with polymerase chain reaction from stool samples...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341385/biological-and-behavioral-correlates-of-body-weight-status-among-rural-northeast-brazilian-schoolchildren
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Fernanda Karina Dos Santos, Marcos André Moura Dos Santos, Marcelus Brito Almeida, Isabele Goes Nobre, Gabriela Goes Nobre, Wylla Tatiana Ferreira E Silva, Thayse Natacha Gomes, José António Ribeiro Maia, Carol Góis Leandro
OBJECTIVES: The increase in the prevalence of overweight/obesity in youth is a public health problem worldwide; however, few studies have investigated its prevalence and correlates in children from the Brazilian Northeast region rural zone. The purpose of this study was (1) to estimate the prevalence of children's weight status according to sex, age, and birth weight categories; and (2) to investigate the links between biological and behavioral factors and weight categories. METHODS: The sample comprises 501 children (248 girls), aged 7-10 years, classified as low weight, normal weight, overweight, and obese using body mass index cut-points...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341246/risk-factors-for-disordered-weight-control-behaviors-among-korean-adolescents-multilevel-analysis-of-the-korea-youth-risk-behavior-survey
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Yongjoo Kim, S Bryn Austin, S V Subramanian, Jennifer J Thomas, Kamryn T Eddy, Debra L Franko, Rachel F Rodgers, Ichiro Kawachi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and risk factors for disordered weight control behaviors (DWCB) in South Korean adolescents at multiple levels, including individual, family, school, and geographic area. METHOD: We drew participants from the 11th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey, conducted in 2015, with 65,529 adolescents (31,687 girls, 33,842 boys) aged 12-18 years. DWCB was defined as engaging in any of the following behaviors for weight control over the past month: fasting, one-food diet (eating only one food over an extended period of time for weight control), vomiting, and taking laxatives/diuretics/unprescribed diet pills...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341225/past-and-present-mercury-accumulation-in-the-lake-baikal-seal-temporal-trends-effects-of-life-history-and-toxicological-implications
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Amanda E Poste, Mikhail V Pastukhov, Hans Fredrik Veiteberg Braaten, Ted Ozersky, Marianne Moore
Despite global efforts to reduce anthropogenic mercury (Hg) emissions, the timescale and degree to which Hg concentrations in the environment and biota respond to decreased emissions remains challenging to assess or predict. Here we characterize long-term trends, life-history patterns in Hg accumulation and toxicological implications of Hg contamination for a freshwater seal from one of the world's largest lakes (Lake Baikal, Siberia) using contemporary tissues and archival teeth. Stable isotope analysis and Hg analyses of soft tissues (muscle, liver, kidney, blood, brain, heart) and teeth from 22 contemporary seals revealed rapid changes in diet and Hg accumulation in the first year of life with a stable diet and increase in tissue Hg throughout the rest of life...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341216/primary-scarring-alopecia-a-retrospective-study-of-89-patients-in-taiwan
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Hsing-Jou Su, An-Yu Cheng, Cheng-Han Liu, Chia-Bau Chu, Chaw-Ning Lee, Chao-Kai Hsu, Julia Yu-Yun Lee, Chao-Chun Yang
Primary scarring alopecia (PSA) is caused by irreversible damage to the hair epithelial stem cells that reside in hair follicles. There is limited published work regarding PSA amongst the Asian population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and to characterize the subtypes of PSA in southern Taiwan. In this retrospective case series, we reviewed 89 patients with pathology-confirmed PSA. The data was collected from National Cheng Kung University Hospital between 1988 through 2016. The clinical and histological data were reviewed, and the patients were characterized into different subtypes of PSA based on the clinical features and histological findings...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341195/association-between-circulating-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-levels-and-psoriasis-and-correlation-with-disease-severity-a-meta-analysis
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Y H Lee, G G Song
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory skin disorder. 25-hydroxy vitamin D [25(OH)D] deficiency may contribute to the pathogenesis of psoriasis through reduction in antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory and antiangiogenic activities. AIM: To evaluate the relationship between circulating 25(OH)D levels and psoriasis, and to determine the correlation between serum/plasma 25(OH)D levels and psoriasis severity. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis to compare serum/plasma 25(OH)D levels between patients with psoriasis and healthy controls (HCs), and to determine the correlation coefficients between circulating 25(OH)D levels and psoriasis severity as assessed by Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI)...
January 16, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341192/population-pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-guselkumab-a-human-igg1%C3%AE-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-il-23-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis
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Zhenling Yao, Chuanpu Hu, Yaowei Zhu, Zhenhua Xu, Bruce Randazzo, Yasmine Wasfi, Yang Chen, Amarnath Sharma, Honghui Zhou
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disorder that requires chronic treatment and is associated with multiple comorbidities. Guselkumab, a human immunoglobulin-G1-lambda monoclonal antibody, binds to interleukin-23 with high specificity and affinity and is effective in treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. As part of the guselkumab psoriasis clinical trial program, using a confirmatory approach, a population pharmacokinetics (PopPK) model was established using 13 014 PK samples from 1454 guselkumab-treated patients across 3 phase 2/3 trials...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341026/trends-and-correlates-of-frequency-of-fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-2007-to-2014
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Cynthia K Colapinto, John Graham, Sylvie St-Pierre
BACKGROUND: Eating fruit and vegetables is recommended as part of a healthy diet. This study describes trends in the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption in Canada, the contribution of fruit juice to these trends, and correlates of the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption. DATA AND METHODS: The data are from the annual Canadian Community Health Survey for the 2007-to-2014 period and pertain to the household population aged 12 or older. Weighted frequencies and cross-tabulations were used to estimate the average frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption by socio-demographic characteristics and body mass index, age-standardized to the 2014 Canadian population...
January 17, 2018: Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340849/risk-factors-associated-with-feline-urolithiasis
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Veridiane da Rosa Gomes, Paula Costa Ariza, Naida Cristina Borges, Francisco Jorge Schulz, Maria Clorinda Soares Fioravanti
Urinary tract diseases are among the main reasons for consultation in veterinary clinics and hospitals. It affects animals of any age, breed and gender. Among the diseases that affect this system, urolithiasis is the second largest cause of clinical signs compatible with feline urinary tract disease. The term urolithiasis refers to the presence of uroliths in any region of the urinary tract, but it is more commonly seen in the bladder and urethra. Uroliths are classified based on the type of mineral present in their composition, therefore, quantitative and qualitative analyzes are important for a better therapeutic approach...
January 16, 2018: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340677/association-of-bariatric-surgery-using-laparoscopic-banding-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-or-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-vs-usual-care-obesity-management-with-all-cause-mortality
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Orna Reges, Philip Greenland, Dror Dicker, Morton Leibowitz, Moshe Hoshen, Ilan Gofer, Laura J Rasmussen-Torvik, Ran D Balicer
Importance: Bariatric surgery is an effective and safe approach for weight loss and short-term improvement in metabolic disorders such as diabetes. However, studies have been limited in most settings by lack of a nonsurgical group, losses to follow-up, missing data, and small sample sizes in clinical trials and observational studies. Objective: To assess the association of 3 common types of bariatric surgery compared with nonsurgical treatment with mortality and other clinical outcomes among obese patients...
January 16, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340569/associations-of-the-top-20-alzheimer-disease-risk-variants-with-brain-amyloidosis
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Liana G Apostolova, Shannon L Risacher, Tugce Duran, Eddie C Stage, Naira Goukasian, John D West, Triet M Do, Jonathan Grotts, Holly Wilhalme, Kwangsik Nho, Meredith Phillips, David Elashoff, Andrew J Saykin
Importance: Late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) is highly heritable. Genome-wide association studies have identified more than 20 AD risk genes. The precise mechanism through which many of these genes are associated with AD remains unknown. Objective: To investigate the association of the top 20 AD risk variants with brain amyloidosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study analyzed the genetic and florbetapir F 18 data from 322 cognitively normal control individuals, 496 individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and 159 individuals with AD dementia who had genome-wide association studies and 18F-florbetapir positron emission tomographic data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a prospective, observational, multisite tertiary center clinical and biomarker study...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Neurology
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