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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734274/genetic-analysis-of-iranian-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Mahdis Ekrami, Maryam Torabi, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Javad Mowla, Bahram Mohammad Soltani, Feyzollah Hashemi-Gorji, Zahra Mohebbi, Mohammad Miryounesi
Background: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a frequent autosomal dominant disorder of lipoprotein metabolism. This disorder is generally caused by mutations in low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), apolipoprotein B 100 (APOB), and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) genes. In the present study, we aimed at identifying the common LDLR and APOB gene mutations in an Iranian population. Methods: Eighty unrelated Iranian patients with FH entered the study, based on Simon Broome diagnostic criteria...
July 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734273/association-between-thrombophilic-genes-polymorphisms-and-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-susceptibility-in-the-iranian-population-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
Mahdieh Kamali, Sedigheh Hantoushzadeh, Sedigheh Borna, Hossein Neamatzadeh, Mahta Mazaheri, Mahmood Noori-Shadkam, Fatemeh Haghighi
Background: Studies have indicated that thrombophilic genes polymorphisms are associated with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) in the Iranian population. However, the results from these studies remained inconsistent and inconclusive. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the precise association between thrombophilic genes polymorphisms (MTHFR C677T, MTHFR A1298C, Prothrombin G20210A, FVL G1691A, and PAI-1 4G/5G) and RPL risk in the Iranian population. Method: Electronic databases of PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and ISC were searched for eligible articles published up to April 1, 2017...
July 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734263/study-of-the-influencing-factors-of-the-blood-levels-of-toxic-elements-in-africans-from-16-countries
#3
Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Octavio P Luzardo, Luis D Boada, Cristina Carranza, José Luis Pérez Arellano, Ana González-Antuña, Maira Almeida-González, Carlos Barry-Rodríguez, Manuel Zumbado, María Camacho
Africa's economy is growing faster than any other continent and it has been estimated that the middle class in Africa now exceeds 350 million people. This has meant a parallel increase in the importation of consumer goods and in the implementation of communication and information technologies (ICT), but also in the generation of large quantities of e-waste. However, inadequate infrastructure development remains a major constraint to the continent's economic growth and these highly toxic residues are not always adequately managed...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734239/stigma-resistance-and-its-association-with-internalised-stigma-and-psychosocial-outcomes-among-psychiatric-outpatients
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Ying Wen Lau, Louisa Picco, Shirlene Pang, Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Pratika Satghare, Siow Ann Chong, Mythily Subramaniam
Studies have suggested that stigma resistance plays an important role in the recovery from mental illness. However, there has been limited research in Asian countries that has examined the benefits of stigma resistance among the mentally ill in Asian populations. Hence, this study aimed to assess the prevalence of stigma resistance and establish the socio-demographic correlates of stigma resistance, as well as its association with internalised stigma and psychosocial outcomes among a multi-ethnic population of 280 outpatients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, depressive disorders and anxiety disorders in Singapore...
July 14, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734233/risk-of-hospitalization-among-survivors-of-childhood-and-adolescent-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-compared-to-siblings-and-a-general-population-sample
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Judy Y Ou, Rochelle R Smits-Seemann, Sapna Kaul, Mark N Fluchel, Carol Sweeney, Anne C Kirchhoff
BACKGROUND: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) has a high survival rate, but cancer-related late effects in the early post-treatment years need documentation. Hospitalizations are an indicator of the burden of late effects. We identify rates and risk factors for hospitalization from five to ten years after diagnosis for childhood and adolescent ALL survivors compared to siblings and a matched population sample. METHODS: 176 ALL survivors were diagnosed at ≤22 years between 1998 and 2008 and treated at an Intermountain Healthcare facility...
July 19, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734200/rates-of-meaningful-change-in-the-mental-health-of-children-in-long-term-out-of-home-care-a-seven-to-nine-year-prospective-study
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Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Children residing in long-term out-of-home care have high rates of clinical-level mental health difficulties. However, the stability of these children's difficulties throughout their time in care is uncertain. This paper reports estimates of the seven- to nine-year stability of carer-reported scores on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Assessment Checklists for Children (ACC) and Adolescents (ACA) for 85 children in long-term foster or kinship care. Prospective score changes on the CBCL total problems and ACC-ACA shared-item scales were assigned to one of four change groups: 'sustained mental health'; 'meaningful improvement'; 'no meaningful change'; and 'meaningful deterioration'...
July 19, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734199/endosulfan-poisoning-an-overview
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Ritesh G Menezes, Tooba Fatima Qadir, Ariba Moin, Huda Fatima, Syed Ather Hussain, Mohammed Madadin, Syed Bilal Pasha, Fatima A Al Rubaish, S Senthilkumaran
Endosulfan, an organochlorine (OC) insecticide, is a widely used agricultural pesticide, despite its life threatening toxic effects. In this review, the pharmacokinetics of endosulfan, mechanism of endosulfan toxicity, clinical presentations and management, histopathological findings, and toxicological analysis are described, in addition to its environmental toxicity. The toxic effects of endosulfan can affect many organs and systems presenting in a wide array of signs and symptoms. Although termed a restricted OC-classed pesticide, it continues to be used, especially in the developing world, owing to its beneficial effects on agriculture...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734198/length-of-stay-for-25-791-california-patients-found-incompetent-to-stand-trial
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Matthew Renner, Carol Newark, Bradley J Bartos, Richard McCleary, Nicholas Scurich
Referrals and admissions to state psychiatric hospitals of criminal defendants found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) are on the rise in the state of California and other parts of the country. Studies of treatment outcomes of this population have primarily focused on factors that determine competency and/or restorability. However, as IST patients place an increasing resource burden on state psychiatric hospital systems, other outcomes such as length of stay (LOS) are becoming increasingly important for practitioners and policy makers to understand...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734195/implementation-of-psychological-clinical-trials-in-epilepsy-review-and-guide
#9
REVIEW
Avani C Modi, Janelle Wagner, Aimee W Smith, Tanja S Kellermann, Rosa Michaelis
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Neuropsychiatry commission and United States Institute of Medicine report both identified cognitive and psychological comorbidities as a significant issue for individuals with epilepsy, with rates as high as 60%. However, there is a paucity of evidence-based treatments for many psychological conditions (e.g., learning disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders). Because of inherent challenges in the implementation of psychological therapy trials and specific considerations for the population with epilepsy, the focus of the current review was to provide guidance and recommendations to conduct psychological trials for individuals with epilepsy...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734182/using-medically-derived-iodine-131-to-track-sewage-effluent-in-the-laurentian-great-lakes
#10
Michael P Montenero, Elizabeth K Dilbone, James T Waples
Tracking sewage wastewater in a large lake is difficult. Concentrations of pharmaceuticals that can be used as indicator compounds are quickly diluted and not easy to measure. In this study, we examined the potential of using medically-derived iodine-131 ((131)I, t½ = 8.02 d) as a tracer for Milwaukee sewage effluent in Lake Michigan. (131)I activities in sewage effluent from two Milwaukee wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) were measured in conjunction with (131)I activities in water, sediment and biota in the Milwaukee Outer Harbor and Lake Michigan...
July 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734170/web-based-physical-activity-interventions-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Leila Jahangiry, Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Sakineh Shab-Bidar, Fatemeh Rezaei, T Pashaei
OBJECTIVES: It was estimated that approximately 60% of the world's population is classified as inactive or insufficiently active. This meta-analysis investigated the effect of web-based interventions on different types of physical activity (PA) measurements in general population and potential moderating variables. STUDY DESIGN: PubMed, CINAHL, EBSCOhost, PsycINFO, Scopus, Ovid, and ScienceDirect literature searches were conducted to identify studies investigating the effect of web-based interventions on PA...
July 19, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734152/trajectories-of-alcohol-use-in-the-uk-military-and-associations-with-mental-health
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L Goodwin, S Norton, N T Fear, M Jones, L Hull, S Wessely, R J Rona
INTRODUCTION: There are higher levels of alcohol misuse in the military compared to the general population. Yet there is a dearth of research in military populations on the longitudinal patterns of alcohol use. This study aims to identify group trajectories of alcohol consumption in the UK military and to identify associations with childhood adversity, deployment history and mental disorder. METHODS: Data on weekly alcohol consumption across an eight year period and three phases of a UK military cohort study (n=667) were examined using growth mixture modelling...
July 12, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734131/changes-in-health-related-quality-of-life-in-older-candidates-waiting-for-kidney-transplantation
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Kjersti Lønning, Karsten Midtvedt, Tomm Bernklev, Cathrine Brunborg, Marit Helen Andersen, Nanna von der Lippe, Anna V Reisaeter, Pål-Dag Line, Anders Hartmann, Kristian Heldal
AIM: There is limited available knowledge regarding health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older patients with chronic kidney disease. We aimed to describe HRQoL in renal transplant candidates 65 years or older at transplant acceptance, and during the first year on the waiting list.. METHODS: A nationwide prospective observational study in Norway was conducted. HRQoL was evaluated at baseline (wait listing) and after 6 and 12 months using the patient self-reported Kidney Disease and Quality of Life Short form version 1...
July 22, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734126/german-estsmoke-estimating-adult-smoking-related-costs-and-consequences-of-smoking-cessation-for-germany
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Diana Sonntag, Simon Gilbody, Winkler Volker, Shehzad Ali
AIMS: We compared predicted lifetime health care costs for current, never and ex-smokers in Germany under the current set of tobacco control polices. We compared these economic consequences of the current situation with an alternative in which Germany were to implement more comprehensive tobacco control policies consistent with the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) guidelines. DESIGN: German EstSmoke, an adapted version of the UK EstSmoke simulation model, applies the Markov modelling approach...
July 22, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734121/the-impact-of-chronic-psychiatric-disorders-on-cognitive-decline
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R Villeneuve, C Blanchard, L Rullier, N Raoux, V Bergua, J-F Dartigues, K Pérès, H Amieva
OBJECTIVES: Based on seemingly contradictory results in the existing literature, the objective of our study was to investigate whether older individuals suffering from chronic psychiatric disorders show a more rapid decline in cognitive performances than their non-psychiatric counterparts, or if the pattern of decline through older age is similar in both groups. METHOD: A total of 820 older adults were selected from the Ageing Multidisciplinary Investigation (AMI) cohort study, which studies health-related issues of people over 65 years old living in rural areas...
July 22, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732435/the-effect-of-oral-levamisole-co-administration-on-the-level-of-immune-response-to-hepatitis-b-vaccine-in-healthy-individuals-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mousalreza Hosseini, Payman Shalchiantabrizi, Maliheh Dadgarmoghaddam, Saeideh Ahmady-Simab, Azizollah Behjati, Masoumeh Salari
Despite its proven efficacy, the hepatitis B vaccine requires improvements in immune enhancement and durability, especially in the elderly. Levamisole, an immune modulator, has been tested as an adjuvant to hepatitis B vaccine in several studies in immune-compromised populations. However, we aimed to evaluate the effect of levamisole on the immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in healthy subjects. In this randomized clinical trial, healthy family members of chronic hepatitis B patients were given twenty-microgram intramuscular injections of hepatitis B vaccine at 0, 1, and 6 months and 50 miligrams of oral  levamisole twice a day for two weeks with every vaccination dose...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732384/microrna-181-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-survival-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-meta-analysis
#17
Qiang Guo, Junwen Luan, Ni Li, Zhen Zhang, Xiaoxiao Zhu, Lin Zhao, Ran Wei, Linlin Sun, Yin Shi, Xunqiang Yin, Na Ding, Guosheng Jiang, Xia Li
Accumulating evidence has indicated that microRNA-181 (miR-181) is dysregulated in hematological malignancies, and associates with the clinical outcomes. However, the association of miR-181 expression levels with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remains inconclusive, as publications from different groups have reported contradictory results. In this manuscript, a meta-analysis was performed to assess the prognostic significance of miR-181 in AML patients. Eligible studies were retrieved from PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library databases, and a total of 6 studies including 815 AML patients were included in the final analysis...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732354/influence-of-body-mass-index-on-postoperative-complications-after-thymectomy-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients
#18
Xu-Dong Liu, Ming-Rui Shao, Lei Sun, Lin Zhang, Xin-Shan Jia, Wen-Ya Li
OBJECTIVES: It is not clear whether being overweight or obese influences postoperative complications in myasthenia gravis (MG) patients. We retrospectively investigated an association between body mass index (BMI) and postoperative complications in MG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine MG patients who had undergone transsternal thymectomy were classified as low or high BMI based on the criteria for Asian-Pacific populations. An association between BMI and complications was analyzed...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732350/the-prevalence-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-in-reproductiveaged-women-of-different-ethnicity-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Tao Ding, Paul J Hardiman, Irene Petersen, Fang-Fang Wang, Fan Qu, Gianluca Baio
The prevalence of PCOS was investigated in many studies in different continents. However, there is no established prevalence of PCOS for distinct ethnic groups. In the current analysis, we conducted searches in PubMed, The Cochrane Library, EMBASE, CINAHL up to Jan. 2017 to identify studies reporting prevalence of PCOS in the general female population. Forty-two studies were identified, with 13 eligible for evidence synthesis. The prevalence among different ethnicity was estimated using random effect modelling...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732348/alcohol-consumption-and-gastric-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis-of-prospective-cohort-studies
#20
Xue Han, Li Xiao, Yao Yu, Yu Chen, Hai-Hua Shu
We performed this meta-analysis to explore the precise quantification relationship between alcohol consumption and gastric cancer and to provide evidence for preventing gastric cancer. We searched PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science for articles published up to December 2016, and identified 23 cohort studies that included a total population of 5,886,792 subjects. We derived meta-analytic estimates using random-effects models, taking into account correlations between estimates. We also investigated the dose-response relationship between gastric cancer risk and alcohol consumption...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
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