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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449481/procalcitonin-as-preoperative-marker-for-surgery-in-advanced-parapneumonic-empyema
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Claudio Caviezel, Philipp Schuetz, Stephan Gerdes, Franco Gambazzi
BACKGROUND: The optimal time point for surgical management of advanced parapneumonic empyema in need of open pleurectomy and decortication remains unclear. We hypothesized that surgical outcomes will be better when procalcitonin (PCT) levels have dropped to normal ranges as evidence for resolution of the underlying pneumonia. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed outcomes of 38 patients with advanced parapneumonic empyema who underwent open decortication and pleurectomy with available preoperative PCT (pPCT) values...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449010/excess-of-a-rassf1-targeting-microrna-mir-193a-3p-perturbs-cell-division-fidelity
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Sofia Pruikkonen, Marko J Kallio
BACKGROUND: Several microRNA (miRNA) molecules have emerged as important post-transcriptional regulators of tumour suppressor and oncogene expression. Ras association domain family member 1 (RASSF1) is a critical tumour suppressor that controls multiple aspects of cell proliferation such as cell cycle, cell division and apoptosis. The expression of RASSF1 is lost in a variety of cancers due to the promoter hypermethylation. METHODS: miR-193a-3p was identified as a RASSF1-targeting miRNA by a dual screening approach...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448645/estimating-survival-after-salvage-surgery-for-recurrent-oral-cavity-cancer
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Samantha Tam, Rakhna Araslanova, Tsu-Hui Hubert Low, Andrew Warner, John Yoo, Kevin Fung, S Danielle MacNeil, David A Palma, Anthony C Nichols
Importance: Locoregional recurrence of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OCSCC) continues to be a life-threatening and difficult clinical situation. Salvage surgery can result in significant morbidities, and survival following recurrence is poor. Objective: To outline prognostic factors influencing overall survival (OS) following salvage surgery for OCSCC to guide management of treatment for patients with locoregionally recurrent disease. Design, Setting, and Participants: The medical records of 293 patients presenting to the London Health Sciences Center with locoregionally recurrent OCSCC between October 5, 1999, and May 2, 2011, were retrospectively reviewed...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448622/goniodysgenesis-variability-and-activity-of-cyp1b1-genotypes-in-primary-congenital-glaucoma
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María T García-Antón, Juan J Salazar, Rosa de Hoz, Blanca Rojas, Ana I Ramírez, Alberto Triviño, José-Daniel Aroca-Aguilar, Julián García-Feijoo, Julio Escribano, José M Ramírez
Mutations in the CYP1B1 gene are currently the main known genetic cause of primary congenital glaucoma (PCG), a leading cause of blindness in children. Here, we analyze for the first time the CYP1B1 genotype activity and the microscopic and clinical phenotypes in human PCG. Surgical pieces from trabeculectomy from patients with PCG (n = 5) and sclerocorneal rims (n = 3) from cadaver donors were processed for transmission electron microscopy. Patients were classified into three groups depending on goniodysgenesis severity, which was influenced by CYP1B1 enzymatic activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448565/characteristics-of-human-sloth-bear-melursus-ursinus-encounters-and-the-resulting-human-casualties-in-the-kanha-pench-corridor-madhya-pradesh-india
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Aniruddha H Dhamorikar, Prakash Mehta, Harendra Bargali, Kedar Gore
Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) caused the highest number of human deaths between 2001 and 2015 and ranked second compared to other wild animals in causing human casualties in the Kanha-Pench corridor area. We studied the patterns of sloth bear attacks in the region to understand the reasons for conflict. We interviewed 166 victims of sloth bear attacks which occurred between 2004 and 2016 and found that most attacks occurred in forests (81%), with the greatest number of those (42%) occurring during the collection of Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP), 15% during the collection of fuelwood and 13% during grazing of livestock...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448498/personalized-glucose-forecasting-for-type-2-diabetes-using-data-assimilation
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David J Albers, Matthew Levine, Bruce Gluckman, Henry Ginsberg, George Hripcsak, Lena Mamykina
Type 2 diabetes leads to premature death and reduced quality of life for 8% of Americans. Nutrition management is critical to maintaining glycemic control, yet it is difficult to achieve due to the high individual differences in glycemic response to nutrition. Anticipating glycemic impact of different meals can be challenging not only for individuals with diabetes, but also for expert diabetes educators. Personalized computational models that can accurately forecast an impact of a given meal on an individual's blood glucose levels can serve as the engine for a new generation of decision support tools for individuals with diabetes...
April 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448192/epidemiology-of-newly-diagnosed-hypertensives-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-a-developing-country
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Udaya Ralapanawa, Samath D Dharmaratne, KushaleePoornima Jayawickreme, Madhushanka Ekanayake
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in most countries and the past two decades have shown a global increase. Hypertension (HTN) was found to be the leading risk factor in 2010 as qualified by Disability Adjusted Life Years. Epidemiological studies in this regard in Sri Lanka are scarce. Thus, describing epidemiological patterns of HTN in the Sri Lankan population will help policy makers in planning preventive healthcare programs and aid in preparing strategies to cope with the increasing demand for healthcare facilities...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448166/changes-in-motorcycle-related-injuries-and-deaths-after-mandatory-motorcycle-helmet-law-in-a-district-of-vietnam
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Ninh Thi Ha, David Ederer, Van Anh Vo Ha, An Van Pham, Anthony Mounts, Leisha Nolen, David Sugerman
OBJECTIVE: Our study measured the change in head injuries and deaths among motorcycle users in Cu Chi district, a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City. METHODS: Hospital records for road traffic injuries (RTI) were collected from the Cu Chi Trauma Centre and motorcycle-related death records were obtained from mortality registries in commune health offices. Head injury severity was categorised using the Abbreviated Injury Score (AIS). Rate ratios (RR) were used to compare rates pre- and post-law (2005/06-2009/10)...
April 27, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448162/joblessness-and-lost-earnings-after-ards-in-a-1-year-national-multicenter-study
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Biren B Kamdar, Minxuan Huang, Victor D Dinglas, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Till M von Wachter, Ramona O Hopkins, Dale M Needham
RATIONALE: Following acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), joblessness is common, but poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the timing of return to work following ARDS, and associated risk factors, lost earnings, and changes in healthcare coverage Methods: Over 12-month longitudinal follow-up, ARDS survivors from 43 U.S. ARDSNet hospitals provided employment and healthcare coverage data via structured telephone interviews. Factors associated with the timing of return to work were assessed using Fine and Gray regression analysis...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447994/scaling-of-engineered-vascular-grafts-using-3d-printed-guides-and-the-ring-stacking-method
#10
Cameron B Pinnock, Zhengfan Xu, Mai T Lam
Coronary artery disease remains a leading cause of death, affecting millions of Americans. With the lack of autologous vascular grafts available, engineered grafts offer great potential for patient treatment. However, engineered vascular grafts are generally not easily scalable, requiring manufacture of custom molds or polymer tubes in order to customize to different sizes, constituting a time-consuming and costly practice. Human arteries range in lumen diameter from about 2.0-38 mm and in wall thickness from about 0...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447966/the-prognostic-value-of-preoperative-pet-ct-evaluation-of-maximum-standardized-uptake-value-in-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Halil Komek, Serdar Altindag, Canan Can, Nursin Aguloglu, Hasan Morcali, Abidin Tuzun, Seyhmus Kavak
AIM: The use of positron emission tomography (PET/CT) in kidney tumors has increased greatly in recent years. There have been few studies on the effect of SUVmax values detected by PET/CT on the mortality and survival estimation in patients with kidney tumors. In this study, it is hoped to contribute to the literature of research on survival and mortality estimations of kidney tumour patients through an evaluation of SUVmax values measured with PET/CT scan. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective review was made of the files of 21 patients newly-diagnosed with kidney tumor and with disease staging determined with PET/CT in the Nuclear medicine Department of Saglik Bilimleri University Diyarbakir Gazi Yasargil Training and Research Hospital between August 2007 and April 2012...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447605/traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Christopher S Ahuja, Jefferson R Wilson, Satoshi Nori, Mark R N Kotter, Claudia Druschel, Armin Curt, Michael G Fehlings
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) has devastating consequences for the physical, social and vocational well-being of patients. The demographic of SCIs is shifting such that an increasing proportion of older individuals are being affected. Pathophysiologically, the initial mechanical trauma (the primary injury) permeabilizes neurons and glia and initiates a secondary injury cascade that leads to progressive cell death and spinal cord damage over the subsequent weeks. Over time, the lesion remodels and is composed of cystic cavitations and a glial scar, both of which potently inhibit regeneration...
April 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447588/malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumour-of-the-oesophagus-review-of-the-literature-and-report-of-a-case-with-lymph-node-and-distant-metastases
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Vasileios K Mavroeidis, Kosmas Kandilaris, Dimitrios I Matthioudakis, Stavroula N Kaza, Panagis M Lykoudis, Francesca Saffioti, Maria Demonakou
Oesophageal sarcomas are very rare while various histological types have occasionally been reported. Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour (MPNST) of the oesophagus is an exceedingly rare type of oesophageal sarcoma with only thirteen cases previously reported in the world literature. However, it should be included in the differential diagnosis of oesophageal neoplasias. Due to the small number of reported cases, the information about the biological behaviour of this entity is still insufficient. While MPNST is generally considered an aggressive type of tumour with high recurrence rates after surgical treatment and poor prognosis, previous reports of cases with oesophageal localization have recorded satisfactory outcomes overall even with less aggressive therapeutic approaches, although a long-term follow-up is lacking...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447405/high-mortality-from-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-in-bangladesh
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Tanveen Ishaque, Mohammad B Islam, Gulshan Ara, Hubert P Endtz, Quazi D Mohammad, Bart C Jacobs, Zhahirul Islam
Although Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has higher incidence and poor outcome in Bangladesh, mortality from GBS in Bangladesh has never been explored before. We sought to explore the frequency, timing and risk factors for deaths from GBS in Bangladesh. We conducted a prospective study on 407 GBS patients who were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2010 to 2013. We compared deceased and alive patients to identify risk factors. Cox regression model was used to adjust for confounders...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447363/tobacco-packaging-design-for-reducing-tobacco-use
#15
REVIEW
Ann McNeill, Shannon Gravely, Sara C Hitchman, Linda Bauld, David Hammond, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce
BACKGROUND: Tobacco use is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease worldwide. Standardised tobacco packaging is an intervention intended to reduce the promotional appeal of packs and can be defined as packaging with a uniform colour (and in some cases shape and size) with no logos or branding, apart from health warnings and other government-mandated information, and the brand name in a prescribed uniform font, colour and size. Australia was the first country to implement standardised tobacco packaging between October and December 2012, France implemented standardised tobacco packaging on 1 January 2017 and several other countries are implementing, or intending to implement, standardised tobacco packaging...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447217/swallowing-disorders-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Deepika P Kulkarni, Vandan D Kamath, Jonathan T Stewart
Disorders of swallowing are poorly characterized but quite common in schizophrenia. They are a source of considerable morbidity and mortality in this population, generally as a result of either acute asphyxia from airway obstruction or more insidious aspiration and pneumonia. The death rate from acute asphyxia may be as high as one hundred times that of the general population. Most swallowing disorders in schizophrenia seem to fall into one of two categories, changes in eating and swallowing due to the illness itself and changes related to psychotropic medications...
April 26, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446912/temporal-and-spatial-variability-of-fungal-structures-and-host-responses-in-an-incompatible-rust-wheat-interaction
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Chris K Sørensen, Rodrigo Labouriau, Mogens S Hovmøller
Information about temporal and spatial variability of fungal structures and host responses is scarce in comparison to the vast amount of genetic, biochemical, and physiological studies of host-pathogen interactions. In this study, we used avirulent wild type and virulent mutant isolates of Puccinia striiformis to characterize the interactions in wheat carrying yellow rust Yr2 resistance. Both conventional and advanced microscopic techniques were used for a detailed study of morphology and growth of fungal colonies and associated host cell responses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446500/protective-effect-of-homovanillyl-alcohol-on-cardiovascular-disease-and-total-mortality-virgin-olive-oil-wine-and-catechol-methylathion
#18
Rafael De la Torre, Dolores Corella, Olga Castañer, Miguel A Martínez-González, Jordi Salas-Salvador, Joan Vila, Ramón Estruch, José V Sorli, Fernando Arós, Miquel Fiol, Emili Ros, Lluís Serra-Majem, Xavier Pintó, Enrique Gómez-Gracia, José Lapetra, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, José Basora, Eva Maria Asensio, Maria Isabel Covas, Montserrat Fitó
Background: Hydroxytyrosol is a phenolic compound that is present in virgin olive oil (VOO) and wine. Hydroxytyrosol-related foods have been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease (CVD).Objective: We investigated the associations between hydroxytyrosol and its biological metabolite, 3-O-methyl-hydroxytyrosol, also known as homovanillyl alcohol (HVAL), with CVD and total mortality.Design: We included 1851 men and women with a mean ± SD age of 66.8 ± 6 y at high risk of CVD from prospective cohort data...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446428/mortality-risk-during-and-after-opioid-substitution-treatment-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cohort-studies
#19
Luis Sordo, Gregorio Barrio, Maria J Bravo, B Iciar Indave, Louisa Degenhardt, Lucas Wiessing, Marica Ferri, Roberto Pastor-Barriuso
Objective To compare the risk for all cause and overdose mortality in people with opioid dependence during and after substitution treatment with methadone or buprenorphine and to characterise trends in risk of mortality after initiation and cessation of treatment.Design Systematic review and meta-analysis.Data sources Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, and LILACS to September 2016.Study selection Prospective or retrospective cohort studies in people with opioid dependence that reported deaths from all causes or overdose during follow-up periods in and out of opioid substitution treatment with methadone or buprenorphine...
April 26, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446288/-values-of-different-evaluation-criteria-of-interim-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-scan-for-prediction-of-prognosis-in-patients-with-dlbcl
#20
Lu-Ting Zhu, Xi-Nan Cen, Jin-Ping Ou, Zhi-Xiang Qiu, Li-Hong Wang, Wei Liu, Wen-Sheng Wang, Yu-Jun Dong, Ze-Yin Liang, Mang-Ju Wang, Wei-Lin Xu, Yu-Hua Sun, Qian Wang, Yue Yin, Han-Yun Ren
OBJECTIVE: To explore the prognostic value of interim (18)F-FDG PET/CT (i-PET/CT) scan for the patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). METHODS: A total of 70 cases of initially diagnosed of DLBCL by 158 (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. The 5-point scale, the Lugano classification and maximum standardized uptake value induction (ΔSUVmax) criteria were used respectively to assess i-PET/CT scans. Receiver-operating characteristics (ROC) analysis was used to determine an optimal cutoff for ΔSUVmax...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
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