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Maxim Avanesov, Julius M Weinrich, Thomas Kraus, Thorsten Derlin, Gerhard Adam, Jin Yamamura, Murat Karul
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the retrospective study was to evaluate the additional value of dual-phase multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) protocols over a single-phase protocol on initial MDCT in patients with acute pancreatitis using three CT-based pancreatitis severity scores with regard to radiation dose. METHODS: In this retrospective, IRB approved study MDCT was performed in 102 consecutive patients (73 males; 55years, IQR48-64) with acute pancreatitis...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Aurélie Moskal, Heinz Freisling, Graham Byrnes, Nada Assi, Michael T Fahey, Mazda Jenab, Pietro Ferrari, Anne Tjønneland, Kristina En Petersen, Christina C Dahm, Camilla Plambeck Hansen, Aurélie Affret, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Claire Cadeau, Tilman Kühn, Verena Katzke, Khalid Iqbal, Heiner Boeing, Antonia Trichopoulou, Christina Bamia, Androniki Naska, Giovanna Masala, Maria Santucci de Magistris, Sabina Sieri, Rosario Tumino, Carlotta Sacerdote, Petra H Peeters, Bas H Bueno-de-Mesquita, Dagrun Engeset, Idlir Licaj, Guri Skeie, Eva Ardanaz, Genevieve Buckland, José M Huerta Castaño, José R Quirós, Pilar Amiano, Elena Molina-Portillo, Anna Winkvist, Robin Myte, Ulrika Ericson, Emily Sonestedt, Aurora Perez-Cornago, Nick Wareham, Kay-Tee Khaw, Inge Huybrechts, Konstantinos K Tsilidis, Heather Ward, Marc J Gunter, Nadia Slimani
BACKGROUND: Much of the current literature on diet-colorectal cancer (CRC) associations focused on studies of single foods/nutrients, whereas less is known about nutrient patterns. We investigated the association between major nutrient patterns and CRC risk in participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. METHODS: Among 477 312 participants, intakes of 23 nutrients were estimated from validated dietary questionnaires...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Ruth C Travis, Angela Balkwill, Georgina K Fensom, Paul N Appleby, Gillian K Reeves, Xiao-Si Wang, Andrew W Roddam, Toral Gathani, Richard Peto, Jane Green, Timothy J Key, Valerie Beral
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that night shift work could increase breast cancer incidence. A 2007 World Health Organization review concluded, mainly from animal evidence, that shift work involving circadian disruption is probably carcinogenic to humans. We therefore aimed to generate prospective epidemiological evidence on night shift work and breast cancer incidence. METHODS: Overall, 522 246 Million Women Study, 22 559 EPIC-Oxford, and 251 045 UK Biobank participants answered questions on shift work and were followed for incident cancer...
December 2016: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Helena Chang, David T Tzou, Manint Usawachintachit, Brian D Duty, Ryan S Hsi, Jonathan D Harper, Mathew D Sorensen, Marshall Stoller, Roger L Sur, Thomas Chi
<b>Objectives</b>: Registry-based clinical research in nephrolithiasis is critical to advancing quality in urinary stone disease management and ultimately reducing stone recurrence. A need exists to develop HIPAA-compliant registries comprised of integrated electronic health record (EHR) data using prospectively defined variables. An EHR-based standardized patient database - The Registry for Stones of the Kidney & Ureter (ReSKU™) was developed and herein we describe our implementation outcomes...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Endourology
Cristina Julian, Marleen A H Lentjes, Inge Huybrechts, Robert Luben, Nick Wareham, Luis A Moreno, Kay-Tee Khaw
Vitamin D deficiency and physical inactivity have been associated with bone loss and fractures, but their combined effect has scarcely been studied either in younger or older adults. Therefore, we aimed to assess the associations between physical activity, age and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) status separately and in combination with the incidence of fracture risk in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort study. Baseline (1993-1998) self-reported physical activity and serum 25(OH)D concentrations at follow-up (1998-2000) were collected in 14,624 men and women (aged 42-82 y between 1998 and 2000)...
2016: PloS One
Heidi P Fransen, Jolanda M A Boer, Joline W J Beulens, G Ardine de Wit, H Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Jeljer Hoekstra, Anne M May, Petra H M Peeters
BACKGROUND: Unhealthy dietary patterns have been associated with other unhealthy lifestyle factors such as smoking and physical inactivity. Whether these associations are similar in high- and low-educated individuals is currently unknown. METHODS: We used information of the EPIC-NL cohort, a prospective cohort of 39 393 men and women, aged 20-70 years at recruitment. A lifestyle questionnaire and a validated food frequency questionnaire were administered at recruitment (1993-97)...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
Erin Davis, Carlo Marra, John-Michael Gamble, Jamie Farrell, Joe Lockyer, J Mark FitzGerald, Waseem Abu-Ashour, Charlie Gillis, John Hawboldt
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are often nonadherent with medications and have poor inhaler technique. Community pharmacists can help to improve health-related quality of life and overall outcomes in patients with COPD. We aim to measure the effectiveness of a systematic, pharmacist-driven intervention on patients with diagnosed COPD. METHODS/DESIGN: This pragmatic, parallel-group, cluster randomized controlled trial is designed to determine the effectiveness of a multifactorial, pharmacist-led intervention on medication adherence, inhaler technique, health-related quality of life, health care resource utilization including COPD exacerbations, and use of medications...
October 13, 2016: Trials
Yeqian Huang, Nayef A Alzahrani, Winston Liauw, Thamer B Traiki, David L Morris
BACKGROUND: There is little evidence for the use of early postoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (EPIC) in patients with low-grade appendiceal mucinous neoplasms (LAMNs) with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). This study aims to assess the outcomes regarding the use of EPIC in a large cohort of patients with LAMNs with PMP uniformly treated by cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and perioperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy (PIC), all of whom received hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), and most of whom also received EPIC...
October 7, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Andrew Raines, Mei-Shu Shih, Lorraine Chua, Chen-Wei Su, Scheffer Cg Tseng, Julie O'Connell
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degenerative joint disease and to date, no disease modifying osteoarthritis drug exist. Amniotic membrane and umbilical cord products have been used clinically in several diseases due to their anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties. In the present study, we sought to evaluate whether a particulate amniotic membrane and umbilical cord (AM/UC) matrix could aid in attenuating disease progression. Lewis rats underwent medial meniscus transection (MMT) to induce OA. Two weeks after surgery, animals received intra-articular injections (50 μL) of either 50 µg/µL or 100 µg/µL particulate AM/UC or saline control and were subsequently euthanized 1 or 4 weeks later...
October 5, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Massimo Valerio, Louise Dickinson, Afia Ali, Navin Ramachadran, Ian Donaldson, Neil Mccartan, Alex Freeman, Hashim U Ahmed, Mark Emberton
PURPOSE: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) has attractive attributes for focal ablation, namely non-thermal effect, precise demarcation of treatment, and tissue-selectivity. We report on a prospective development study investigating focal IRE. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 20 men with the following characteristics were recruited: anterior MR-visible index lesion concordant with transperineal targeted and template prostate mapping biopsy, absence of clinically significant disease elsewhere (UCL definition 2), and PSA </= 15 ng/ml...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Urology
Hao G Nguyen, Sanoj Punnen, Janet E Cowan, Michael Leapman, Clint Cary, Christopher Welty, Vivian Weinberg, Matthew R Cooperberg, Maxwell V Meng, Kirsten L Greene, Maurice Garcia, Peter R Carroll
PURPOSE: We evaluated whether placement of a retropubic urethral sling fashioned from autologous vas deferens during robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) improved recovery of continence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a phase-2, single-blinded trial, age-stratified patients were randomized to undergo RARP by multiple surgeons with or without sling placement. Outcomes were complete continence (0 urinary pads of any type) and near continence (0, occasional or 1 pad per day) at 6 months, assessed with Fisher's exact test and logistic regression...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Urology
Wilma Zijlema, Yutong Cai, Dany Doiron, Stéphane Mbatchou, Isabel Fortier, John Gulliver, Kees de Hoogh, David Morley, Susan Hodgson, Paul Elliott, Timothy Key, Havard Kongsgard, Kristian Hveem, Amadou Gaye, Paul Burton, Anna Hansell, Ronald Stolk, Judith Rosmalen
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to road traffic noise may increase blood pressure and heart rate. It is unclear to what extent exposure to air pollution may influence this relationship. We investigated associations between noise, blood pressure and heart rate, with harmonized data from three European cohorts, while taking into account exposure to air pollution. METHODS: Road traffic noise exposure was assessed using a European noise model based on the Common Noise Assessment Methods in Europe framework (CNOSSOS-EU)...
September 28, 2016: Environmental Research
Tammy Y N Tong, Nicholas J Wareham, Kay-Tee Khaw, Fumiaki Imamura, Nita G Forouhi
BACKGROUND: Despite convincing evidence in the Mediterranean region, the cardiovascular benefit of the Mediterranean diet is not well established in non-Mediterranean countries and the optimal criteria for defining adherence are unclear. The population attributable fraction (PAF) of adherence to this diet is also unknown. METHODS: In the UK-based EPIC-Norfolk prospective cohort, we evaluated habitual diets assessed at baseline (1993-1997) and during follow-up (1998-2000) using food-frequency questionnaires (n = 23,902)...
September 29, 2016: BMC Medicine
A Boswood, J Häggström, S G Gordon, G Wess, R L Stepien, M A Oyama, B W Keene, J Bonagura, K A MacDonald, M Patteson, S Smith, P R Fox, K Sanderson, R Woolley, V Szatmári, P Menaut, W M Church, M L O'Sullivan, J-P Jaudon, J-G Kresken, J Rush, K A Barrett, S L Rosenthal, A B Saunders, I Ljungvall, M Deinert, E Bomassi, A H Estrada, M J Fernandez Del Palacio, N S Moise, J A Abbott, Y Fujii, A Spier, M W Luethy, R A Santilli, M Uechi, A Tidholm, P Watson
BACKGROUND: Pimobendan is effective in treatment of dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF) secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). Its effect on dogs before the onset of CHF is unknown. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: Administration of pimobendan (0.4-0.6 mg/kg/d in divided doses) to dogs with increased heart size secondary to preclinical MMVD, not receiving other cardiovascular medications, will delay the onset of signs of CHF, cardiac-related death, or euthanasia...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Yao-Hong Guo, Ta-Shen Kuan, Kuan-Lin Chen, Wei-Chih Lien, Pei-Chun Hsieh, I-Chieh Hsieh, Szu-Hao Chiu, Yu-Ching Lin
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of two different injection sites of low doses of botulinum toxin type A with steroid in treating lateral epicondylalgia. DESIGN: Double-blind, randomized, active drug-controlled trial. SETTING: Tertiary medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-six patients with lateral epicondylalgia for more than six months were recruited from hospital-based outpatient population. A total of 66 patients were approached, and 40 were excluded...
September 22, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jae Y Lee, Stephanie Daignault-Newton, Gerard Heath, Sarah Scarlett, Martin G Sanda, Peter Chang, Meredith M Regan, Jeff M Michalski, Howard M Sandler, Felix Y Feng, Deborah A Kuban, Anthony L Zietman, Jay P Ciezki, Irving D Kaplan, Catrina Crociani, William P McLaughlin, Constantine A Mantz, Steven E Finkelstein, Simeng Suy, Sean P Collins, Olatz Garin, Montserrat Ferrer, Daniel A Hamstra, Daniel E Spratt
PURPOSE: The new short Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite for Clinical Practice (EPIC-CP) patient-reported health-related quality of life (HRQOL) tool has removed the rectal bleeding question from the previous much longer version, EPIC-26. Herein, we assess the impact of losing the dedicated rectal bleeding question in 2 independent prospective multicenter cohorts. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In a prospective multicenter test cohort (n=865), EPIC-26 patient-reported HRQOL data were collected for 2 years after treatment from patients treated with prostate radiation therapy from 2003 to 2011...
August 3, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Jing Gao, Hui Wu
We present a multi-function electronic-photonic integrated circuit (EPIC) design which exploits a new operation mode of a Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM). Different from the conventional design, the two arms of the modulator are driven by time-shifted signals of tunable amplitude. We study its operation in the linear and quadratic regions where the MZM is biased at π/2 and π initial phase difference, respectively. In the linear region, the modulator sums the waveforms of the driving signals in the two arms, which can be used to add pre-emphasis function to the modulator, and hence it obviates an electrical pre-emphasis driver...
September 19, 2016: Optics Express
Archana Anantharaman, Terence Friedlander, David Lu, Rachel Krupa, Gayatri Premasekharan, Jeffrey Hough, Matthew Edwards, Rosa Paz, Karla Lindquist, Ryon Graf, Adam Jendrisak, Jessica Louw, Lyndsey Dugan, Sarah Baird, Yipeng Wang, Ryan Dittamore, Pamela L Paris
BACKGROUND: While programmed death 1 (PD-1) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) checkpoint inhibitors have activity in a proportion of patients with advanced bladder cancer, strongly predictive and prognostic biomarkers are still lacking. In this study, we evaluated PD-L1 protein expression on circulating tumor cells (CTCs) isolated from patients with muscle invasive (MIBC) and metastatic (mBCa) bladder cancer and explore the prognostic value of CTC PD-L1 expression on clinical outcomes...
2016: BMC Cancer
Michael Cecchini, Kim Framski, Patricia Lazette, Teresita Vega, Michael Strait, Kerin Adelson
PURPOSE: Cancer staging is critical for prognostication, treatment planning, and determining clinical trial eligibility. Electronic health records (EHRs) have structured staging modules, but physician use is inconsistent. Typically, stage is entered as unstructured free text in clinical notes and cannot easily be used for reporting. METHODS: We created an Epic Best Practice Advisory (BPA) decision support tool that requires physicians to enter cancer stage in a structured module...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
Sabine R Zwakenberg, Nicole R den Braver, Anouk I P Engelen, Edith J M Feskens, Cees Vermeer, Jolanda M A Boer, W M Monique Verschuren, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Joline W J Beulens
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Vitamin K has been associated with various health outcomes, including non-fatal cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cancer. However, little is known about the association between vitamin K intake and all-cause and cause specific mortality. This study aims to investigate the association between vitamin K intake and all-cause and cause-specific mortality. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 33,289 participants from the EPIC-NL cohort, aged 20-70 years at baseline and recruited between 1993 and 1997...
August 30, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
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