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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229818/relationship-between-calcium-channel-blockers-and-skin-fibrosis-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Guowei Li, Jonathan D Adachi, Ji Cheng, Lehana Thabane, Marie Hudson, Marvin J Fritzler, Steven Lorenzi, Murray Baron, Maggie Larché
OBJECTIVES: Recent experimental evidence suggests that calcium channel blockers (CCBs) may have anti-fibrotic effects on liver and pulmonary fibrosis. We aimed to investigate whether use of CCBs was associated with the skin fibrosis in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Based on the 5-year follow-up data from the Canadian Scleroderma Research Group registry, we used the generalised estimating equations (GEE) model to assess the relationship between use of CCBs and the primary outcome of skin fibrosis measured by the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS)...
January 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224735/genetic-risk-variants-for-social-anxiety
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Murray B Stein, Chia-Yen Chen, Sonia Jain, Kevin P Jensen, Feng He, Steven G Heeringa, Ronald C Kessler, Adam Maihofer, Matthew K Nock, Stephan Ripke, Xiaoying Sun, Michael L Thomas, Robert J Ursano, Jordan W Smoller, Joel Gelernter
Social anxiety is a neurobehavioral trait characterized by fear and reticence in social situations. Twin studies have shown that social anxiety has a heritable basis, shared with neuroticism and extraversion, but genetic studies have yet to demonstrate robust risk variants. We conducted genomewide association analysis (GWAS) of subjects within the Army Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) to (i) determine SNP-based heritability of social anxiety; (ii) discern genetic risk loci for social anxiety; and (iii) determine shared genetic risk with neuroticism and extraversion...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218661/exploring-the-effect-of-lactium%C3%A2-and-zizyphus-complex-on-sleep-quality-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Andrew Scholey, Sarah Benson, Amy Gibbs, Naomi Perry, Jerome Sarris, Greg Murray
Acute, non-clinical insomnia is not uncommon. Sufferers commonly turn to short-term use of herbal supplements to alleviate the symptoms. This placebo-controlled, double-blind study investigated the efficacy of LZComplex3 (lactium™, Zizyphus, Humulus lupulus, magnesium and vitamin B6), in otherwise healthy adults with mild insomnia. After a 7-day single-blind placebo run-in, eligible volunteers (n = 171) were randomized (1:1) to receive daily treatment for 2 weeks with LZComplex3 or placebo. Results revealed that sleep quality measured by change in Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score improved in both the LZComplex3 and placebo groups...
February 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216430/white-matter-alterations-to-cingulum-and-fornix-following-very-preterm-birth-and-their-relationship-with-cognitive-functions
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Chiara Caldinelli, Seán Froudist-Walsh, Vyacheslav Karolis, Chieh-En Tseng, Matthew P Allin, Muriel Walshe, Marion Cuddy, Robin M Murray, Chiara Nosarti
Very preterm birth (VPT; <32 weeks of gestation) has been associated with impairments in memory abilities and functional neuroanatomical brain alterations in medial temporal and fronto-parietal areas. Here we investigated the relationship between structural connectivity in memory-related tracts and various aspects of memory in VPT adults (mean age 19) who sustained differing degrees of perinatal brain injury (PBI) as assessed by neonatal cerebral ultrasound. We showed that the neurodevelopmental consequences of VPT birth persist into young adulthood and are associated with neonatal cranial ultrasound classification...
February 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206840/the-impact-of-a-brief-embedded-mindfulness-based-program-for-veterinary-students
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Helen M Correia, Anita D Smith, Susan Murray, Lynlea S Polak, Bronwyn Williams, Martin A Cake
Veterinary medical students, like other university students, are likely to experience elevated levels of stress, anxiety, and depression over the course of their studies. Mindfulness-based interventions have previously been effective for university students in reducing stress, depression, and anxiety. In this study, a mindfulness-based intervention was embedded in a core (compulsory) unit of a veterinary science course, in part with the aim of improving student well-being. Preliminary results suggest that, despite the mindfulness intervention, overall symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety among participants (n=64) increased between the start and end of the semester...
2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199868/sexual-dysfunction-and-central-obesity-in-patients-with-first-episode-psychosis
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C Theleritis, S Bonaccorso, N Habib, D Stahl, F Gaughran, S Vitoratou, Z Atakan, A Kolliakou, P Gardner Sood, P Dazzan, T R Marques, P McGuire, K Greenwood, J Eberhard, J Breedvelt, S Ferracuti, M Di Forti, R M Murray, S Smith
BACKGROUND: In recent years the association between sexual dysfunction (SD) and obesity in the general population has drawn major attention. Although sexual dysfunction is common in psychosis, its relationship with weight gain and obesity remains unclear. AIMS: To investigate the association between sexual dysfunction and obesity in a cohort of patients with first episode psychosis. METHOD: Sexual function was assessed in a cohort of patients with first episode psychosis using the Sexual Function Questionnaire (SFQ)...
February 12, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196036/a-prospective-study-of-four-total-ankle-arthroplasty-implants-by-non-designer-investigators
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Tina Lefrancois, Alastair Younger, Kevin Wing, Murray J Penner, Peter Dryden, Hubert Wong, Timothy Daniels, Mark Glazebrook
BACKGROUND: There are several types of prostheses available to surgeons when performing a total ankle arthroplasty (TAA). The main objective of this study was to summarize the clinical and functional outcomes of 4 TAA prostheses: the Hintegra implant (Integra LifeSciences), the Agility implant (DePuy), the Mobility implant (DePuy), and the Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR) implant (Small Bone Innovations [SBi]). METHODS: Patients were prospectively recruited...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195882/the-in-hospital-cost-of-ventricular-assist-device-therapy-implications-for-patient-selection
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Amit Iyengar, Oh Jin Kwon, Msgana Tamrat, Anthony Salimbangon, Nancy Satou, Peyman Benharash, Abbas Ardehali, Richard J Shemin, Murray H Kwon
Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) therapy is increasingly utilized to support patients in end-stage heart failure. However, VAD programs are resource intensive and demand active monitoring in order to ensure long term sustainability. The purpose of this study was to analyze total cost trends of the VAD program at our academic medical center.Retrospective analysis of UCLA's VAD program between years 2013-2014 was performed. Total in-hospital costs from the date of VAD surgery admission were queried and normalized to a Z-score...
February 9, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169971/health-related-quality-of-life-in-pediatric-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-living-in-the-united-states-and-canada
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Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, Simon C Ling, Yona Keich Cloonan, Hsing-Hua S Lin, Donna M Evon, Karen F Murray, Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, Philip Rosenthal, Jeffrey Teckman, Kathleen B Schwarz
OBJECTIVES: To determine if selected socio-demographic and HBV-specific clinical factors are associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among pediatric patients chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV). METHODS: Children with chronic HBV enrolled in the Hepatitis B Research Network completed the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ) at study entry. Caregivers of children 5- < 10 years completed the parent-reported PF50; youth 10- < 18 years completed the child-reported CF87...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166760/can-cognitive-insight-predict-symptom-remission-in-a-first-episode-psychosis-cohort
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Jennifer A O'Connor, Lyn Ellett, Olesya Ajnakina, Tabea Schoeler, Anna Kollliakou, Antonella Trotta, Benjamin D Wiffen, Aurora M Falcone, Marta Di Forti, Robin M Murray, Sagnik Bhattacharyya, Anthony S David
BACKGROUND: The outcome of first episode psychosis (FEP) is highly variable and difficult to predict. Cognitive insight measured at illness onset has previously been found to predict psychopathology 12-months later. The aims of this study were to examine whether the prospective relationship between cognitive insight and symptom severity is evident at four-years following FEP and to examine some psychological correlates of cognitive insight. METHODS: FEP participants (n = 90) completed the Beck Cognitive Insight Scale (BCIS) at illness onset, and associations between BCIS scores with symptom severity outcomes (4-years after FEP) were assessed...
February 6, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151969/asq3-and-or-the-bayley-iii-to-support-clinicians-decision-making
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Robin Mackin, Nadya Ben Fadel, Jana Feberova, Louise Murray, Asha Nair, Sally Kuehn, Nick Barrowman, Thierry Daboval
BACKGROUND: Appropriate tools are essential to support a clinician's decision to refer very preterm infants to developmental resources. Streamlining the use of developmental assessment or screening tools to make clinical decisions offers an alternative methodology to help to choose the most effective way to assess this very high-risk population. OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3rd edition (ASQ3) and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-3rd edition (Bayley-III) scores within a clinically-based decision-making process...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147896/the-effectiveness-of-lee-silverman-voice-treatment-therapy-issued-interactively-through-an-ipad-device-a-non-inferiority-study
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Murray Griffin, John Bentley, Joseph Shanks, Carly Wood
Introduction This study compared the differences in recorded speech variables between people treated with conventional 'in person' Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and those treated remotely via iPad-based 'Facetime'. Method Eight participants were selected for the iPad LSVT, and 21 similarly matched subjects were selected from existing data to form the 'in person' group. Participants in both groups had diagnosed idiopathic Parkinson's disease and moderate hypokinetic dysarthria. Eighteen sessions of prescribed LSVT comprising a pre-treatment assessment, 16 treatment sessions, and a six months' post-treatment assessment were administered for each person...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146393/medial-patellofemoral-ligament-reconstruction-combined-with-distal-realignment-for-recurrent-dislocations-of-the-patella
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Iswadi Damasena, Murray Blythe, David Wysocki, David Kelly, Peter Annear
BACKGROUND: Tibial tubercle transfer (TTT) and medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction have both shown, either in isolation or in combination, to provide improved patellofemoral joint (PFJ) stability. There are few studies that provide evidence that this remains true in the long term. PURPOSE: To compare the long-term results of patellar instability after TTT with and without MPFL reconstruction in 2 randomized groups. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 1...
February 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146271/liposomal-bupivacaine-infiltration-at-the-surgical-site-for-the-management-of-postoperative-pain
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Thomas W Hamilton, Vassilis Athanassoglou, Stephen Mellon, Louise H Strickland, Marialena Trivella, David Murray, Hemant G Pandit
BACKGROUND: Despite multi-modal analgesic techniques, acute postoperative pain remains an unmet health need, with up to three quarters of people undergoing surgery reporting significant pain. Liposomal bupivacaine is an analgesic consisting of bupivacaine hydrochloride encapsulated within multiple, non-concentric lipid bi-layers offering a novel method of sustained-release analgesia. OBJECTIVES: To assess the analgesic efficacy and adverse effects of liposomal bupivacaine infiltration at the surgical site for the management of postoperative pain...
February 1, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144285/the-presence-of-primary-circulating-prostate-cells-is-associated-with-upgrading-and-upstaging-in-patients-eligible-for-active-surveillance
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Nigel P Murray, Eduardo Reyes, Cynthia Fuentealba, Socrates Aedo, Omar Jacob
: Active surveillance (AS) is a considered treatment option for men with low or very low-risk prostate cancer. However, on repeat biopsy some 25% were upgraded and recommended for active treatment. We compare the presence or absence of primary circulating prostate cells (CPCs) with the clinical pathological findings after radical prostatectomy in men fulfilling the criteria for active surveillance and the risk of reclassification for active observation (AO). METHODS AND PATIENTS: A single centre observational study was done involving 102 men who fulfilled the Epstein criteria for AS and underwent radical prostatectomy as mono-therapy for prostate cancer...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135828/development-administration-and-structural-validity-of-a-brief-computerized-neurocognitive-battery
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Tyler M Moore, Ruben C Gur, Michael L Thomas, Gregory G Brown, Matthew K Nock, Adam P Savitt, John G Keilp, Steven Heeringa, Robert J Ursano, Murray B Stein
The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) is a research project aimed at identifying risk and protective factors for suicide and related mental health outcomes among Army Soldiers. The New Soldier Study component of Army STARRS included the assessment of a range of cognitive- and emotion-processing domains linked to brain systems related to suicidal behavior including posttraumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and impulsivity. We describe the design and application of the Army STARRS neurocognitive test battery to a sample of 56,824 soldiers...
January 1, 2017: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131544/evidence-based-indications-for-mobile-bearing-unicompartmental-knee-arthroplasty-in-a-consecutive-cohort-of-thousand-knees
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Thomas W Hamilton, Hemant G Pandit, Cathy Jenkins, Stephen J Mellon, Christopher A F Dodd, David W Murray
BACKGROUND: The indications for unicompartmental knee arthroplasty remain controversial. Previously recommended contraindications include the following: age under 60 years, weight 180 lb (82 kg) or over, patients undertaking heavy labor, chondrocalcinosis, and exposed bone in the patellofemoral joint. This study explores whether these contraindications are valid in mobile-bearing unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. METHODS: Using a prospective series of 1000 consecutive medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasties in which the reported contraindications were not applied, the functional outcome and survival in patients with or without contraindications were compared...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119488/altered-lung-structure-and-function-in-mid-childhood-survivors-of-very-preterm-birth
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Shannon J Simpson, Karla M Logie, Christopher A O'Dea, Georgia L Banton, Conor Murray, Andrew C Wilson, J Jane Pillow, Graham L Hall
RATIONALE: Survivors of preterm birth are at risk of chronic and lifelong pulmonary disease. Follow-up data describing lung structure and function are scarce in children born preterm during the surfactant era. OBJECTIVES: To obtain comprehensive data on lung structure and function in mid-childhood from survivors of preterm birth. We aimed to explore relationships between lung structure, lung function and respiratory morbidity as well as early life contributors to poorer childhood respiratory outcomes...
January 24, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111356/a-novel-quantitative-approach-to-the-measurement-of-abdominal-aortic-calcification-as-applied-to-the-canadian-multicenter-osteoporosis-study-camos
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Mark Grant, Mandy E Turner, Jeremy Murray-Guenther, Tassos Anastassiades, Wilma M Hopman, Stephen M Adams, Paul Jeronimo, Robert Nolan, Michael A Adams, Rachel M Holden
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lateral spine radiographs provide an inexpensive resource for characterizing abdominal aortic calcification (AAC). A widely accepted measurement of AAC is the semi-quantitative technique generated by the Framingham Heart Study (F-AAC-24). We sought to develop an analytical method to quantify ACC (QAAC) on lateral spine radiographs and compare the finding to conventional subjective measurements. METHODS: Severity of AAC was quantified by measuring pixel intensities in the user-defined region of the aorta with internal standardization to the vertebral endplates and background calibration to the density of the vertebral body...
January 19, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109589/effects-of-precalving-body-condition-and-prepartum-feeding-level-on-gene-expression-in-circulating-neutrophils
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M A Crookenden, C G Walker, A Heiser, A Murray, V S R Dukkipati, J K Kay, S Meier, K M Moyes, M D Mitchell, J J Loor, J R Roche
Extensive metabolic, physiological, and immunological changes are associated with calving and the onset of lactation. As a result, cows transitioning between pregnancy and lactation are at a greater risk of metabolic and infectious diseases. The ability of neutrophils to mount an effective immune response to an infection is critical for its resolution, and increasing evidence indicates that precalving nutrition affects postpartum neutrophil function. The objectives of the current study were to investigate the effect of 2 precalving body condition scores (BCS; 4 vs...
March 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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