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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449565/effect-of-oxcarbazepine-on-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-bipolar-mania-an-exploratory-study
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Rituparna Maiti, Biswa Ranjan Mishra, Jaseem Jowhar, Debadatta Mohapatra, Sansita Parida, Debasis Bisoi
Objective: In bipolar disorder, serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level decreases leading to dysfunctions of critical neurotrophic, cellular plasticity and neuroprotective processes. The present study was conducted to evaluate the change in serum BDNF level with oxcarbazepine monotherapy in bipolar mania. Methods: The present study is a prospective, interventional, open label clinical study conducted on 25 patients of bipolar mania and 25 healthy controls...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449552/effect-of-proparacaine-in-a-mouse-model-of-allergic-rhinitis
#2
Hwan Soo Kim, Sulmui Won, Eu Kyoung Lee, Yoon Hong Chun, Jong-Seo Yoon, Jin Tack Kim, Hyun Hee Kim
Objectives: Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic is a treatment option in uncontrolled asthma due to its immunomodulatory effects. In the present study, proparacaine (PPC), a derivative of lidocaine was examined for its therapeutic application in a mouse model of allergic rhinitis. Methods: The mice were grouped into 4 groups: control group, allergic rhinitis (AR) group, ciclesonide (CIC) group, and PPC group. Nasal symptom scores, eosinophil counts, goblet cell counts, and mast cells counts in the nasal mucosa were measured...
April 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449491/characteristics-and-provision-of-care-of-patients-with-the-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-descriptive-findings-from-the-dacapo-cohort-baseline-and-comparison-with-international-findings
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Frank Dodoo-Schittko, Susanne Brandstetter, Magdalena Brandl, Sebastian Blecha, Michael Quintel, Steffen Weber-Carstens, Stefan Kluge, Patrick Meybohm, Caroline Rolfes, Björn Ellger, Friedhelm Bach, Tobias Welte, Thomas Muders, Kathrin Thomann-Hackner, Thomas Bein, Christian Apfelbacher
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the characteristics and real world life circumstances of ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) patient populations. This knowledge is essential for transferring evidence-based therapy into routine healthcare. The aim of this study was to report socio-demographic and clinical characteristics in an unselected population of ARDS patients and to compare these results to findings from other large ARDS cohorts. METHODS: A German based cross-sectional observational study was carried out...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449485/prognostic-effects-of-preoperative-obstructive-pneumonitis-or-atelectasis-and-comparison-with-tumor-size-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Zhaofei Pang, Nan Ding, Wei Dong, Yang Ni, Tiehong Zhang, Xiao Qu, Jiajun Du, Qi Liu
BACKGROUND: In the eighth TNM staging system proposal, lung cancer with part or complete obstructive pneumonitis/atelectasis was classified to T2 category, and dividing lines of T category were changed. We conducted this study to search prognostic effect of preoperative obstructive pneumonitis/atelectasis and its comparison with tumor size. METHODS: We collected clinical characteristics, preoperative hematological indicators, follow-up information of 1,313 lung cancer patients...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449483/epicardial-left-atrial-appendage-closure-comparison-of-surgical-techniques-in-an-ex-vivo-model
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Nikolas Mirow, Sebastian Vogt, Marc Irqsusi, Rainer Moosdorf, Andreas Kirschbaum
BACKGROUND: Formation of clots in the left atrial appendage (LAA) may lead to embolism and consecutive cerebral stroke. This risk is reduced by closure and resection. To address the efficacy of surgical LAA closure, resilience to pneumatic pressure was studied. Different surgical techniques were compared in an experimental model. METHODS: From freshly slaughtered pigs cardiopulmonary preparations were taken. The left atrium was clamped airtight and the LAA was cannulated...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449482/retrospective-analysis-of-stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-sabr-for-metastatic-lung-lesions-mlls-in-comparison-with-a-contemporaneous-cohort-of-primary-lung-lesions-plls
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Feras Oskan, Yvonne Dzierma, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Christian Rübe, Jochen Fleckenstein
BACKGROUND: The net benefit from local ablative therapy for pulmonary oligometastases remains unknown. The outcomes of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for metastatic lung lesions (MLLs) were analyzed retrospectively and compared with those of SABR for primary lung lesions (PLLs). METHODS: Medical records of patients treated with lung SABR between 2011 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Basic patient, lesion and treatment characteristics were compared using the Pearson chi-square test for categorical and Mann-Whitney U test for continuous variables...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449344/endoscopic-features-and-genetic-background-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-complicated-with-takayasu-arteritis
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Shintaro Akiyama, Toshimitsu Fujii, Katsuyoshi Matsuoka, Ebana Yusuke, Mariko Negi, Kento Takenaka, Masakazu Nagahori, Kazuo Ohtsuka, Mitsuaki Isobe, Mamoru Watanabe
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Takayasu arteritis (TA) is occasionally complicated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This study assessed the endoscopic and genetic features of IBD complicated with TA (IBD-TA). METHODS: This study retrospectively reviewed the clinical charts of 142 TA patients (14 men and 128 women; median age 48.5 years [range, 18-97 years]). Human lymphocyte antigen (HLA) types and a single-nucleotide polymorphism rs6871626 in the IL12B gene were assessed in 101 and 81 patients with TA, respectively...
May 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449323/in-vitro-comparison-of-renal-stone-laser-treatment-using-fragmentation-and-popcorn-technique
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Paul Klaver, Tjeerd de Boorder, Alex I Rem, Tycho M T W Lock, Herke Jan Noordmans
OBJECTIVE: To study the effectiveness of two laser techniques clinically used to fragment renal stones: fragmenting technique (FT) and popcorn technique (PT). METHODS: Phantom stones were placed in a test tube filled with water, mimicking a renal calyx model. A Holmium:YAG laser was used for fragmentation using both techniques. Four series of experiments were performed with two parameters: the technique (FT or PT) and the number of stones in the test tube (one or four)...
April 27, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449319/comparison-of-administrative-and-survey-data-for-estimating-vitamin-a-supplementation-and-deworming-coverage-of-children-under-five-years-of-age-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Amynah Janmohamed, David Doledec
OBJECTIVE: To compare administrative coverage data to results from household coverage surveys for vitamin A supplementation (VAS) and deworming campaigns conducted during 2010-2015 in 12 African countries. METHODS: Paired t-tests examined differences between administrative and survey coverage for 52 VAS and 34 deworming dyads. Independent t-tests measured VAS and deworming coverage differences between data sources for door-to-door and fixed-site delivery strategies and VAS coverage differences between 6 to 11 and 12 to 59-month age groups...
April 27, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449317/a-comparison-of-individual-based-genetic-distance-metrics-for-landscape-genetics
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A J Shirk, E L Landguth, S A Cushman
A major aim of landscape genetics is to understand how landscapes resist gene flow and thereby influence population genetic structure. An empirical understanding of this process provides a wealth of information that can be used to guide conservation and management of species in fragmented landscapes, and also to predict how landscape change may affect population viability. Statistical approaches to infer the true model among competing alternatives are based on the strength of the relationship between pairwise genetic distances and landscape distances among sampled individuals in a population...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449311/reproducibility-of-the-international-endometrial-analysis-group-color-score-for-assigning-the-amount-of-flow-within-the-endometrium-using-stored-3-dimensional-volumes
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Juan Luis Alcázar, María Ángela Pascual, Silvia Ajossa, Cristina de Lorenzo, Alba Piras, Lourdes Hereter, Leire Juez, Paola Fabbri, Betlem Graupera, Stefano Guerriero
OBJECTIVES: To estimate intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility for assigning an International Endometrial Tumor Analysis (IETA) group color score for endometrial vascularization on color Doppler imaging. METHODS: Sixty-eight endometrial 3-dimensional volumes from endometrial color Doppler assessments of women with different endometrial disorders were evaluated by 8 different examiners (4 skilled examiners and 4 obstetric and gynecologic trainees). One skilled examiner who did not participate in the assessments selected the 68 volumes from a database to select a balanced number of each IETA score...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449258/improve-toolmarks-impressions-in-soft-wax
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Nir Finkelstein, Nikolai Volkov, Tsadok Tsach
When the forensic toolmarks laboratory receives for examination and comparison a tool that is suspected of having been involved in a crime, the expert performs tests designed to determine whether or not the specific tool generates the same toolmarks as those found at the crime scene. This is performed by testing tool striation on a piece of soft metal, such as lead, and examining the marks left by the tool. Studies have shown that wax may be an optimal material for this purpose. This study examines the use of wax at different temperatures and shows that quality of results is better when the wax is cooled (recommended temperature is -18°C)...
May 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449257/the-development-and-application-of-random-match-probabilities-to-firearm-and-toolmark-identification
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John E Murdock, Nicholas D K Petraco, John I Thornton, Michael T Neel, Todd J Weller, Robert M Thompson, James E Hamby, Eric R Collins
The field of firearms and toolmark analysis has encountered deep scrutiny of late, stemming from a handful of voices, primarily in the law and statistical communities. While strong scrutiny is a healthy and necessary part of any scientific endeavor, much of the current criticism leveled at firearm and toolmark analysis is, at best, misinformed and, at worst, punditry. One of the most persistent criticisms stems from the view that as the field lacks quantified random match probability data (or at least a firm statistical model) with which to calculate the probability of a false match, all expert testimony concerning firearm and toolmark identification or source attribution is unreliable and should be ruled inadmissible...
May 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449183/noninferiority-trial-investigating-the-efficacy-of-a-nonantibiotic-intramammary-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-mild-to-moderate-clinical-mastitis-in-dairy-cows-with-longer-lasting-udder-diseases
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M Ziesch, N Wente, Y Zhang, W Zaremba, S Engl, V Krömker
A nonblinded, positively controlled, noninferiority trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of an alternative, nonantibiotic therapy with Masti Veyxym(®) to reduce ineffective antibiotic usage in the treatment of nonsevere clinical mastitis (CM) in cows with longer lasting udder diseases. The solely intramammary treatment with Masti Veyxym(®) (three applications, 12 hr apart) and the combined treatment with Masti Veyxym(®) and antibiotics as usual on the farm according to label of the respective product were compared with the reference treatment of solely antibiotic therapy...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449169/analysis-of-liver-tumors-using-preoperative-and-intraoperative-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-ceus-ioceus-by-radiologists-in-comparison-to-magnetic%C3%A2-resonance-imaging-and-histopathology
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Severin Huf, Natascha Platz Batista da Silva, Isabel Wiesinger, Matthias Hornung, Marcus N Scherer, Sven Lang, Christian Stroszczynski, Thomas Fischer, Ernst Michael Jung
Purpose To evaluate the diagnostic significance of preoperatively and intraoperatively performed contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS/IOCEUS) in the diagnosis of liver tumors in comparison to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and histopathology. Materials and Methods Retrospective analysis of 70/317 patients who underwent surgery for liver tumors between January 2012 and October 2015. Findings of CEUS and IOCEUS were compared to MRI. CEUS and IOCEUS were performed using multifrequency linear probes (1 - 5, 6 - 15 MHz) after bolus injection of 1 - 5 ml sulfur hexafluoride microbubbles...
May 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449143/selection-bias-complicates-comparisons-of-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-vs-endoscopic-mucosal-resection-in-the-treatment-of-colorectal-neoplasms
#16
Takashi Kanesaka, Ervin Toth, Henrik Thorlacius
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449133/maternal-alcohol-use-during-pregnancy-and-offspring-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-a-prospective-sibling-control-study
#17
Espen Moen Eilertsen, Line C Gjerde, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Ragnhild E Ørstavik, Gun Peggy Knudsen, Camilla Stoltenberg, Nikolai Czajkowski, Espen Røysamb, Kenneth S Kendler, Eivind Ystrom
Background: Maternal alcohol use during pregnancy has repeatedly been associated with development of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the offspring. It is, however not known whether this reflects a direct casual intra-uterine effect or a non-causal relationship due to confounding. We used three different approaches to control for measured and unmeasured confounding: statistical adjustment for covariates, negative control comparison against maternal pre-pregnancy alcohol use, and comparison among differentially exposed siblings...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449120/sigseeker-a-peak-calling-ensemble-approach-for-constructing-epigenetic-signatures
#18
Jens Lichtenberg, Laura Elnitski, David M Bodine
Motivation: Epigenetic data are invaluable when determining the regulatory programs governing a cell. Based on use of next-generation sequencing data for characterizing epigenetic marks and transcription factor binding, numerous peak-calling approaches have been developed to determine sites of genomic significance in these data. Such analyses can produce a large number of false positive predictions, suggesting that sites supported by multiple algorithms provide a stronger foundation for inferring and characterizing regulatory programs associated with the epigenetic data...
April 25, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449050/cardioscape-mapping-the-cardiovascular-funding-landscape-in-europe
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Axel Radlach Pries, Anastasia Naoum, Helmut Habazettl, Mathias Dunkel, Robert Preissner, Caroline J Coats, Ana Tornada, Francesco Orso, Frans Van de Werf, David A Wood
Aims: The burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing worldwide, which has to be reflected by cardiovascular (CV) research in Europe. CardioScape, a FP7 funded project initiated by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), identified where CV research is performed, how it is funded and by whom. It could be transformed into an on-line and up-to-date resource of great relevance for researchers, funding bodies and policymakers and could be a role model for mapping CV research funding in Europe and beyond...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449033/response-assessment-in-medulloblastoma-and-leptomeningeal-seeding-tumors-recommendations-from-the-response-assessment-in-pediatric-neuro-oncology-committee
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Katherine E Warren, Gilbert Vezina, Tina Y Poussaint, Monika Warmuth-Metz, Marc C Chamberlain, Roger J Packer, Alba A Brandes, Moshe Reiss, Stewart Goldman, Michael J Fisher, Ian F Pollack, Michael D Prados, Patrick Y Wen, Susan M Chang, Christelle Dufour, David Zurakowski, Rolf D Kortmann, Mark W Kieran
Lack of standard response criteria in clinical trials for medulloblastoma and other seeding tumors complicates assessment of therapeutic efficacy and comparisons across studies. An international working group was established to develop consensus recommendations for response assessment. The aim is that these recommendations be prospectively evaluated in clinical trials, with the goal of achieving more reliable risk stratification and uniformity across clinical trials. Current practices and literature review were performed to identify major confounding issues and justify subsequently developed recommendations; in areas lacking scientific investigations, recommendations were based on experience of committee members and consensus was reached after discussion...
April 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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