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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214997/the-human-rit2-core-promoter-short-tandem-repeat-predominant-allele-is-species-specific-in-length-a-selective-advantage-for-human-evolution
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Babak Emamalizadeh, Abofazl Movafagh, Hossein Darvish, Somayeh Kazeminasab, Monavvar Andarva, Pegah Namdar-Aligoodarzi, Mina Ohadi
Evolutionary analyses of the critical core promoter interval support a selective advantage for expanding the length of certain short tandem repeats (STRs) in humans. We recently reported genome-wide data on human core promoter STRs that are "exceptionally long" (≥6-repeats). Near the top of the list, the neuron-specific gene, RIT2, contains one of the longest GA-STRs at 11-repeats. In the present study, we analyzed the evolutionary implications of this STR across species. We also studied this STR in a sample of 2,143 Iranian human subjects that encompassed a number of neuropsychiatric disorders and controls...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214921/vitamin-d-administration-during-pregnancy-as-prevention-for-pregnancy-neonatal-and-postnatal-complications
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Carol L Wagner, Bruce W Hollis, Kalliopi Kotsa, Hana Fakhoury, Spyridon N Karras
Pregnancy represents a time of rapid bodily change, which includes physical proportions, physiology and responsibility. At this context, maternal vitamin D stores have been the objective of extensive scientific research during the last decades, focusing on their potential effects on maternal an neonatal health. A growing body of observational studies indicated that maternal hypovitaminosis D (as defined by maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels <20 ng/ml or <50 nmol/l) is a significant risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes including asthma, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders...
February 18, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214362/is-there-an-association-between-verbal-school-bullying-and-possible-sleep-bruxism-in-adolescents
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Junia Maria Serra-Negra, Isabela Almeida Pordeus, Patricia Corrêa-Faria, Livia Bonfim Fulgêncio, Saul Martins Paiva, Daniele Manfredini
The aim of this study was to determine the association between verbal school bullying and possible sleep bruxism (SB) in adolescents. A case-control study was carried out at the population level by recruiting 13- to 15-year old participants among the attendants of schools of Itabira, Brazil. The case group was composed of 103 adolescents with possible SB (i.e., self- or parental-reported), while the control group included 206 adolescents without possible SB. All participants answered a questionnaire on the occurrence of their involvement in verbal school bullying episodes, based on the National School of Health Research (PeNSE) as well as an evaluation of their economic class according to the criteria of the Brazilian Association of Research Companies...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214353/association-of-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-and-chronic-rhinosinusitis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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S R Leason, H P Barham, G Oakley, J Rimmer, J M DelGaudio, J M Christensen, R Sacks, R J Harvey
INTRODUCTION: Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) has been implicated in the development of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The association of GORD with CRS is systematically assessed from the medical literature. METHODOLOGY: Embase and MEDLINE were searched using a comprehensive strategy limited to English language and Human subjects. Any study with original data on the experimental, diagnostic, treatment or prognostic association of CRS with GORD was included...
February 18, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214286/-partial-delegation-to-radiation-therapists-of-the-control-by-cone-beam-ct-of-prostate-positioning
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C Benhaïm, G Loos, J L Achard, L Berger, C Caillé, T Frédéric-Moreau, J Biau, M Lapeyre
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer involves daily monitoring of the positioning of the prostate, possible with cone beam CT (CBCT). It allows increased accuracy compared to readjustments but induces an increase in the time dedicated to these medical checks. The aim of the study was to evaluate the possibility of delegation of this task to the radiation therapists by comparing their readjustments to the doctors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Five consecutive patients treated with radiation for prostate cancer (76Gy) were analysed...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214184/-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-lymphopenia-clinical-and-pathophysiological-features
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M Martin, A Guffroy, X Argemi, T Martin
Lymphopenia is frequent in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and profound (<500/mm(3)) in 10% of cases. T lymphocytes, especially CD4+, are more affected than B cells. The pathophysiological mechanisms are complex, involving lymphocytotoxic antibodies, excess of apoptosis, increased susceptibility of T cells to complement mediated cytolysis, as well as lymphopoiesis impairment and lymphocyte sequestration. Lymphopenia in SLE is independent from other cytopenia and immunosuppressive drug regiments, and associated with disease activity, risk of flare and damage scores...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214168/medication-adherence-a-practical-measurement-selection-guide-using-case-studies
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Leah L Zullig, Phil Mendys, Hayden B Bosworth
OBJECTIVES: Medication adherence is a complex problem and can be evaluated using a variety of methods. There is no single or perfect strategy to assess adherence. The "best" measure depends on contextual factors. Our objective is to provide a practical, illustrative guide for selecting the most appropriate measure of medication adherence in common contexts. METHODS: We present three case studies - from the perspectives of an academic researcher, health care payer, and clinical care provider - to describe common problems and processes for measuring medication adherence, as well as proposing possible solutions...
February 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214166/sleeve-gastrectomy-in-the-elderly-a-case-control-study-with-long-term-follow-up-of-3-years
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Andrés Navarrete, Ricard Corcelles, Gabriel Diaz Del Gobbo, Sofía Perez, Josep Vidal, Antonio Lacy
BACKGROUND: Advanced age is considered to be a relative contraindication to bariatric surgery because of increased perioperative risk and suboptimal excess weight loss. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the safety and effectiveness of the sleeve gastrectomy (SG) procedure in a cohort of elderly patients (aged≥60 yr) compared with younger patients (aged<60 yr). SETTING: Hospital clinic, Barcelona, Spain. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all cases of SG in patients≥60 years old between January 2006 and December 2012 was performed...
December 14, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214147/simultaneous-idiopathic-bilateral-sudden-hearing-loss-characteristics-and-response-to-treatment
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Ferit Akil, Umur Yollu, Mehmet Yilmaz, H Murat Yener, Marlen Mamanov, Ender Inci
INTRODUCTION: The aetiology of sudden hearing loss is poorly defined; however, infectious, vascular and neoplastic aetiologies are presumed to be responsible. In addition, the aetiology of bilateral sudden hearing loss is also unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is identify the characteristics and treatment response of simultaneous bilateral sudden hearing loss. METHODS: This is a case-control study that practised in tertiary care academic centre...
January 24, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214128/robotic-arch-catheter-placement-reduces-cerebral-embolization-during-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-tevar
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A H Perera, C V Riga, L Monzon, R G Gibbs, C D Bicknell, M Hamady
OBJECTIVE: Stroke caused by cerebral embolization constitutes a principal risk during arch manipulation and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). This study investigates the incidence of cerebral embolization during catheter placement in the aortic arch, and compares robotic and manual techniques. METHODS: Intra-operative transcranial Doppler (TCD) was performed in 11 patients undergoing TEVAR. Wire and catheter placement in the arch was performed by two experienced operators...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214114/effects-of-salvage-logging-on-soil-properties-and-vegetation-recovery-in-a-fire-affected-mediterranean-forest-a-two-year-monitoring-research
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F García-Orenes, V Arcenegui, K Chrenková, J Mataix-Solera, J Moltó, A B Jara-Navarro, M P Torres
Post-fire management can have an additional impact on the ecosystem; in some cases, even more severe than the fire. Salvage logging (SL) is a common practice in most fire-affected areas. The management of burnt wood can determine microclimatic conditions and seriously affect soil properties. In some cases, the way of doing it, using heavy machinery, and the vulnerability of soils to erosion and degradation can make this management potentially aggressive to soil. Research was done in "Sierra de Mariola Natural Park" (E Spain)...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214108/cyclic-seizures-in-critically-ill-patients-clinical-correlates-dc-recordings-and-outcomes
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Lecio F Pinto, Emily J Gilmore, Ognen A Petroff, Adithya Sivaraju, Nishi Rampal, Lawrence J Hirsch, Nicolas Gaspard
OBJECTIVE: To describe EEG and clinical correlates, DC recordings and prognostic significance of cyclic seizures (CS). METHODS: We reviewed our prospective continuous EEG database to identify patients with CS, controls with non-cyclic status epilepticus (SE) and controls without seizure matched for age and etiology. EEG was reviewed with DC settings. RESULTS: 39/260 (15%) patients with electrographic seizures presented with CS. These patients were older (62 vs...
January 29, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214095/whether-preventive-low-dose-magnesium-sulphate-infusion-has-an-influence-on-postoperative-pain-perception-and-the-level-of-serum-beta-endorphin-throughout-the-total-abdominal-hysterectomy
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K Haryalchi, M Abedinzade, K Khanaki, M M Ghanaie, F M Zadeh
OBJECTIVE: Due to the known role of preventive low dose magnesium sulphate on postoperative pain management, in this randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, we tried to investigate the possible relationship between low dose intra-operative magnesium sulphate infusion, postoperative analgesia and the level of serum beta-endorphin during total abdominal hysterectomy under general anesthesia. METHODS: Forty women undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy were randomly allocated into 2 groups (20 in each arm)...
February 14, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214017/genetic-risk-factors-for-ovarian-cancer-and-their-role-for-endometriosis-risk
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Stefanie Burghaus, Peter A Fasching, Lothar Häberle, Matthias Rübner, Kathrin Büchner, Simon Blum, Anne Engel, Arif B Ekici, Arndt Hartmann, Alexander Hein, Matthias W Beckmann, Stefan P Renner
OBJECTIVE: Several genetic variants have been validated as risk factors for ovarian cancer. Endometriosis has also been described as a risk factor for ovarian cancer. Identifying genetic risk factors that are common to the two diseases might help improve our understanding of the molecular pathogenesis potentially linking the two conditions. METHODS: In a hospital-based case-control analysis, 12 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), validated by the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC) and the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study (COGS) project, were genotyped using TaqMan® OpenArray™ analysis...
February 14, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213989/the-post-mortem-examination-in-ruminants-and-its-possible-benefit-to-ruminant-clinical-medicine
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K Wäsle, A Pospischil, M Hässig, C Gerspach, M Hilbe
To highlight the important role of post-mortem examination of ruminants and to identify possible benefits for modern ruminant medicine, a comparison of clinical and pathological diagnoses was conducted and influencing factors were identified. For this purpose, results from 2,000 ruminants that had undergone necropsy examination at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, were analysed retrospectively. Both clinical and pathological diagnoses were available for 81.40% of cattle, 80.22% of sheep and 66.66% of goats; no diagnoses were available for 3...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213877/improved-control-of-hypertension-following-laparoscopic-fundoplication-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
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Zhiwei Hu, Meiping Chen, Jimin Wu, Qing Song, Chao Yan, Xing Du, Zhonggao Wang
This study aims to determine whether successful laparoscopic fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can improve the control of hypertension. We conducted an observational study of GERD patients with hypertension. The esophageal and gastroesophageal symptoms of these patients were successfully treated with laparoscopic fundoplication, as measured by the reduced GERD symptoms and proton pump inhibitor consumption. A hypertension control scale was used to classify the use of antihypertensive medications and the quality of blood pressure control before and after anti-reflux surgery...
February 17, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213865/location-of-vertebral-fractures-is-associated-with-bone-mineral-density-and-history-of-traumatic-injury
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Jennifer Watt, Richard Crilly
The upper and lower thoracolumbar spine have been associated with different biomechanical outcomes. This concept, as it applies to osteoporotic fracture risk, has not been well documented. This was a case-control study of 120 patients seen in an osteoporosis clinic. Vertebral fractures were identified from lateral radiographs using Genant's semi-quantitative assessment method. An association between bone mineral density (BMD) T-scores and vertebral fracture location was assessed. In an additional analysis, the association between a history of any traumatic injury and possible predictor variables was also explored...
February 17, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213809/the-correlation-between-biofilm-production-and-catheter-related-blood-stream-infections-sustained-by-candida-a-case-control-study
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Grazia Brunetti, Valeria Visconti, Maria Cristina Ghezzi, Alessandra Giordano, Giammarco Raponi
Biofilm forming capacity of yeasts colonizing the intravenous devices is considered a key factor involved in the pathogenesis of Candida catheter-related bloodstream infections (CCRBSI). The biofilm production of strains of Candida spp. isolated both from the CVC and from the blood of patients with CCRBSI was compared to that of strains isolated from patients not having CCRBSI. Results, expressed in terms of Biofilm Index (BI), revealed that biofilm-producing strains were isolated in the CCRBSI group with a frequency significantly higher than in the non-CCRBSI group (χ(2) = 4...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213747/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-for-the-treatment-of-congenital-pseudarthrosis-of-the-tibia-or-persistent-tibial-nonunion-in-children-and-adolescents-a-retrospective-study-with-a-minimum-2-year-follow-up
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Tim N Hissnauer, Norbert Stiel, Kornelia Babin, Martin Rupprecht, Michael Hoffmann, Johannes M Rueger, Ralf Stuecker, Alexander S Spiro
There is a lack of studies reporting on rhBMP-2 application in pediatric orthopaedics, although few reports demonstrated promising results of the use of rhBMP-2 in children, especially for spine fusion and for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia. The objectives of this study were (1) to examine clinical and radiographic healing after rhBMP-2 application for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) or persistent tibial nonunion in children and adolescents, and (2) to investigate the safety of rhBMP-2 use in these cases...
April 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
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