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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803350/comparison-of-mitral-competence-after-mitral-repair-with-papillary-muscle-approximation-versus-papillary-muscle-relocation-for-functional-mitral-regurgitation
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Koji Furukawa, Mitsuhiro Yano, Eisaku Nakamura, Masakazu Matsuyama, Masanori Nishimura, Katsuya Kawagoe, Kunihide Nakamura
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical results of papillary muscle approximation (PMA) and papillary muscle relocation (PMR) for functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) and to compare the effects of both procedures on the change in mitral regurgitation (MR) and echocardiogram parameters associated with tethering. Eighteen patients with moderate-to-severe FMR (MR grade ≥2) who underwent PMA or PMR were retrospectively analyzed. Underlying diseases were ischemic cardiomyopathy, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, and aortic valve disease for seven, six, and five patients, respectively...
August 12, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798821/benchmarking-quality-for-renal-cancer-surgery-canadian-kidney-cancer-information-system-ckcis-perspective
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Keith A Lawson, Olli Saarela, Zhihui Liu, Luke T Lavallée, Rodney H Breau, Lori Wood, Michael A S Jewett, Anil Kapoor, Simon Tanguay, Ronald B Moore, Ricardo Rendon, Frederic Pouliot, Peter C Black, Jun Kawakami, Darrel Drachenberg, Antonio Finelli
INTRODUCTION: There is a lack of validated quality metrics to evaluate the care of patients receiving surgery for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). To address this, the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada defined a list of quality indicators (QI) to assess hospital-level performance. We have case-mix adjusted these QIs to benchmark RCC surgical care at Canadian academic centres. METHODS: The Canadian Kidney Cancer information system (CKCis) was used to measure six QIs: laparoscopic approach proportion (LA), partial nephrectomy proportion (PN), partial nephrectomy in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKDPN), positive margin rate (PMR), partial nephrectomy complication rate (PNCx), and warm ischemia time (WIT)...
August 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794072/ruxolitinib-versus-best-available-therapy-for-et-intolerant-or-resistant-to-hydroxycarbamide-in-a-randomized-trial
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Claire N Harrison, Adam J Mead, Anesh Panchal, Sonia Fox, Christina Yap, Emmanouela Gbandi, Aimee Houlton, Samah Alimam, Joanne Ewing, Marion Wood, Frederick Chen, Jason Coppell, Nicki Panoskaltsis, Steven Knapper, Sahra Ali, Angela Hamblin, Ruben Scherber, Amylou C Dueck, Nicholas C P Cross, Ruben Mesa, Mary Frances McMullin
Treatments for high-risk essential thrombocythemia (ET) address thrombocytosis, disease-related symptoms, as well as risks of thrombosis, hemorrhage, transformation to myelofibrosis and leukemia. Patients resistant/intolerant to hydroxycarbamide (HC) have a poor outlook. MAJIC (ISRCTN61925716) is a randomized phase II trial of ruxolitinib (JAK1/2 inhibitor) vs Best Available Therapy (BAT) in ET and polycythemia vera (PV) patients resistant or intolerant to HC. Here findings of MAJIC-ET are reported, where the modified intention-to-treat population included 58 & 52 patients randomized to receive ruxolitinib or BAT respectively...
August 9, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774338/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-response-in-a-phase-1-2-trial-of-nab-paclitaxel-plus-gemcitabine-for-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
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Ronald L Korn, Daniel D Von Hoff, Mitesh J Borad, Markus F Renschler, Desmond McGovern, R Curtis Bay, Ramesh K Ramanathan
BACKGROUND: Positron emission tomography (PET) is poised to become a useful imaging modality in staging and evaluating therapeutic responses in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer (mPC). This analysis from a phase 1/2 study examined the utility of early PET imaging in patients with mPC treated with nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine. METHODS: Tumors were measured by [(18)F]2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose PET/computed tomography (CT) in patients who received nab-paclitaxel 100 (n = 13), 125 (n = 38), or 150 (n = 1) mg/m(2) plus gemcitabine 1000 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8, and 15 of a 28-day cycle...
August 3, 2017: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766758/comparisons-of-neutrophil-monocyte-eosinophil-and-basophil-lymphocyte-ratios-among-various-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases
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Zaixing Yang, Zhiyu Zhang, Feng Lin, Yingpeng Ren, Donghong Liu, Renqian Zhong, Yan Liang
This study was aimed to evaluate levels of neutrophil- (NLR), monocyte- (MLR), eosinophil- (ELR), and basophil-lymphocyte ratio (BLR) and their association with inflammatory markers in systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs). A total of 1139 SARD patients and 170 healthy individuals were enrolled. Clinical and laboratory data were extracted. NLR and MLR were significantly increased, but BLR decreased in most SARD patients (p < 0.05). ELR were significantly decreased in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, but increased in those with other SARDs (p < 0...
August 2, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765246/the-omeract-core-domain-set-for-outcome-measures-for-clinical-trials-in-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Sarah L Mackie, Helen Twohig, Lorna M Neill, Eileen Harrison, Beverley Shea, Rachel J Black, Tanaz A Kermani, Peter A Merkel, Christian D Mallen, Frank Buttgereit, Chetan Mukhtyar, Lee S Simon, Catherine L Hill
OBJECTIVE: To inform development of a core domain set for outcome measures for clinical trials in polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), we conducted patient consultations, a systematic review, a Delphi study, and 2 qualitative studies. METHODS: Domains identified by 70% or more of physicians and/or patients in the Delphi study were selected. The conceptual framework derived from the 2 qualitative research studies helped inform the meaning of each domain and its relationship to the others...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747747/involvement-of-monocyte-subsets-in-the-immunopathology-of-giant-cell-arteritis
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Yannick van Sleen, Qi Wang, Kornelis S M van der Geest, Johanna Westra, Wayel H Abdulahad, Peter Heeringa, Annemieke M H Boots, Elisabeth Brouwer
Monocytes/macrophages are critical in systemic and local inflammation in giant cell arteritis (GCA) and possibly in clinically overlapping polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Therefore, we aimed to understand the contribution of monocyte subsets and the CX3CR1-CX3CL1 and CCR2-CCL2 migratory pathways, to the pathology of GCA. Peripheral blood monocytes were enumerated in samples from newly-diagnosed, untreated GCA and PMR patients and after prednisone-induced remission. The distribution of classical (CD14(bright)CD16(neg)) and the more pro-inflammatory, intermediate (CD14(bright)CD16+) and non-classical (CD14(dim)CD16+) monocyte subsets was analysed by flow cytometry...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733791/current-clinical-evidence-of-tocilizumab-for-the-treatment-of-anca-associated-vasculitis-a-prospective-case-series-for-microscopic-polyangiitis-in-a-combination-with-corticosteroids-and-literature-review
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Ryota Sakai, Tsuneo Kondo, Takahiko Kurasawa, Eiko Nishi, Ayumi Okuyama, Kentaro Chino, Akiko Shibata, Yusuke Okada, Hirofumi Takei, Hayato Nagasawa, Koichi Amano
The purpose of this study is to report the efficacy and safety of a combination of tocilizumab (TCZ) and high-dose corticosteroid (CS) in two patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and review the published current clinical evidence on TCZ in patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV), except for large vessel vasculitis (LVV) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Two MPA patients were treated with TCZ at 8 mg/kg every month for 1 year and CS (prednisolone 1 mg/kg/day for 2 weeks, followed by tapering) in a prospective single-arm, single-center, cohort, open-label pilot study (UMIN clinical trials: 000012072)...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729838/detection-of-emodin-derived-glutathione-adduct-in-normal-rats-administered-with-large-dosage-of-polygoni-multiflori-radix
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Li-Long Jiang, Dong-Sheng Zhao, Ya-Xi Fan, Qiong Yu, Ping Li, Hui-Jun Li
Polygoni Multiflori Radix (PMR) has been commonly used as a tonic in China for centuries. PMR-associated hepatotoxicity has been drawing increasingly more attention in recent years in parallel with its wide utilization. Anthraquinones (AQs) are recognized as the main hepatotoxic components in PMR. However, the exact underlying mechanism of AQs poisoning is still not fully understood. Herein, we proposed a hypothesis that metabolic activation of AQs such as emodin was involved in PMR-induced liver injury, AQs followed to generate the electrophilic reactive metabolites and subsequently formed covalent adduct with cellular nucleophiles in the liver to exert hepatotoxicity...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728396/characterization-and-functional-inferences-of-a-genome-wide-dna-methylation-profile-in-the-loin-longissimus-dorsi-muscle-of-swine
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Woonsu Kim, Hyesun Park, Kang-Seok Seo, Seongwon Seo
Objective: DNA methylation plays a major role in regulating the expression of genes related to traits of economic interest (e.g., weight gain) in livestock animals. This study characterized and investigated the functional inferences of genome-wide DNA methylome in the loin (longissimus dorsi) muscle (LDM) of swine. Methods: A total of 8.99 Gb methylated DNA immunoprecipitation sequence data were obtained from LDM samples of eight Duroc pigs (four pairs of littermates)...
May 14, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722757/discrimination-of-polygoni-multiflori-radix-and-cynanchi-auriculati-radix-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-fingerprints-and-chemical-pattern-recognition
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Lili Sun, Meng Wang, Yali Liu, Huijie Zhang, Yanan Liu, Xiaoliang Ren, Yanru Deng
In this work, a strategy was proposed to discriminate Polygoni Multiflori Radix (PMR) and its adulteration (Cynanchi Auriculati Radix, CAR). The ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) fingerprints were established to analyze samples containing PMR, CAR and mixtures simultaneously. Multivariate classification methods were applied to analyze the obtained UHPLC fingerprints, including principal component analysis (PCA), partial least square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), soft independent modeling of class analogy (SIMCA), support vector machine discriminant analysis (SVMDA), and counter-propagation artificial neural network (CP-ANN)...
July 19, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711508/virulent-and-pathogenic-features-on-the-cronobacter-sakazakii-polymyxin-resistant-pmr-mutant-strain-s-3
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Xuerui Bao, Ling Yang, Lequn Chen, Bing Li, Lin Li, Yanyan Li, Zhenbo Xu
Cronobacter sakazakii is a well-known opportunistic pathogen responsible for necrotizing enterocolitis, meningitis and septicaemia in the premature, immunocompromised infants and neonates. This pathogen possesses various virulence factors and regulatory systems, and pmrA/pmrB regulatory system has been identified in a variety of bacterial species. The current study aims to investigate role of pmrA gene in the pathogenicity and virulence characteristics of Cronobacter sakazakii using whole genome sequencing and RNA-seq...
July 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711117/mechanisms-of-change-during-attention-training-and-mindfulness-in-high-trait-anxious-individuals-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Peter M McEvoy, Rachel Graville, Sarra Hayes, Robert T Kane, Jonathan K Foster
The first aim of this study was to compare attention manipulation techniques deriving from metacognitive therapy (the Attention Training Technique; ATT) and mindfulness-based approaches (Mindfulness-Based Progressive Muscle Relaxation, MB-PMR) to a thought wandering control (TWC) condition, in terms of their impact on anxiety and four mechanisms: distancing, present-focused attention, uncontrollability and dangerousness, metacognitive beliefs, and cognitive flexibility (Stroop task). The second aim was to test indirect effects of the techniques on anxiety via the mechanism measures...
September 2017: Behavior Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704600/comparable-rates-of-glucocorticoid-associated-adverse-events-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-and-comorbidities-in-the-general-population
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Izzat Shbeeb, Divya Challah, Shafay Raheel, Cynthia S Crowson, Eric L Matteson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the use of glucocorticoids (GC) and related adverse events (AE) in a long-term, geographically-defined cohort of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). METHODS: Using a population-based inception cohort, details of GC therapy were abstracted from medical records of all patients diagnosed with PMR in 2000-2014. Age- and sex-matched comparators without PMR were identified from the same underlying population. Cumulative and daily dosage of GC, rate of disease relapse, occurrence of GC-related AE, and rate of GC discontinuation were analyzed...
July 13, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690186/ccl2-promoter-hypomethylation-is-associated-with-gout-risk-in-chinese-han-male-population
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Bin Li, Xiaoying Chen, Yuting Jiang, Yong Yang, Jie Zhong, Cong Zhou, Haochang Hu, Shiwei Duan
OBJECTIVES: C-C motif chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) encodes a chemokine which amplifies and maintains inflammation through chemokine-cytokine networks. Gout is a type of painful inflammation arthritis in response to the deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in joints. The purpose of this study was to figure out the role of CCL2 promoter methylation in gout. METHODS: A quantitative methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (qMSP) was used to measure CCL2 promoter methylation in 93 gout patients and 101 healthy controls, respectively...
July 6, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683016/evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-using-a-progressive-muscle-relaxation-technique-on-the-self-efficacy-of-breastfeeding-in-mothers-with-preterm-infants
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Soheila Karbandi, Seyedeh Maryam Hosseini, Seyedeh Asieh Hosseini, Farshad Sadeghi, Maryam Hesari, Reza Masoudi
BACKGROUND: Breast milk is a God-given gift that conveys a mother's love and compassion and that is made according to the needs and age of the child. Mothers who are interested in the welfare of their newborns tend to breastfeed their children. Training programs have been shown to improve breastfeeding self-efficacy in terms of both duration and amount. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of using the progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) technique on the self-efficacy of breastfeeding in mothers with preterm infants...
August 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664831/opioid-use-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Michael D Richter, Sara J Achenbach, Jorge A Zamora-Legoff, Cynthia S Crowson, Eric L Matteson
OBJECTIVES: To examine the trends of chronic opioid use in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) over an 11-year period in Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA and compare use to subjects without the disease. METHODS: Retrospective data on opioid prescriptions were collected from 2005 to 2015 in a population-based incidence cohort of patients meeting the 2012 American College of Rheumatology classification criteria for PMR alongside comparison subjects. Poisson regression methods were used to compare opioid use between these groups...
June 29, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658934/image-updating-for-brain-shift-compensation-during-resection
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Xiaoyao Fan, David W Roberts, Jonathan D Olson, Songbai Ji, Timothy J Schaewe, David A Simon, Keith D Paulsen
BACKGROUND: In open-cranial neurosurgery, preoperative magnetic resonance (pMR) images are typically coregistered for intraoperative guidance. Their accuracy can be significantly degraded by intraoperative brain deformation, especially when resection is involved. OBJECTIVE: To produce model updated MR (uMR) images to compensate for brain shift that occurred during resection, and evaluate the performance of the image-updating process in terms of accuracy and computational efficiency...
June 27, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658131/polymyalgia-rheumatica-and-giant-cell-arteritis-three-challenges-consequences-of-the-vasculitis-process-osteoporosis-and-malignancy-a-prospective-cohort-study-protocol
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Amir Emamifar, Søren Hess, Oke Gerke, Anne Pernille Hermann, Helle Laustrup, Per Syrak Hansen, Peter Thye-Rønn, Niels Marcussen, Frank Svendstrup, Rannveig Gildberg-Mortensen, Jacob Christian Bang, Ziba Ahangarani Farahani, Stavros Chrysidis, Pia Toftegaard, Rikke Asmussen Andreasen, Sebastian le Greves, Hanne Randi Andersen, Rudolf Nezlo Olsen, Inger Marie Jensen Hansen
INTRODUCTION: Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) are common inflammatory conditions. The diagnosis of PMR/GCA poses many challenges since there are no specific diagnostic tests. Recent literature emphasizes the ability of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) to assess global disease activity in inflammatory diseases. 18F-FDG PET/CT may lead to the diagnosis at an earlier stage than conventional imaging and may also assess response to therapy...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648577/impact-of-cap-assisted-colonoscopy-on-the-learning-curve-and-quality-in-colonoscopy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Zhouwen Tang, Daniel S Zhang, Aaron P Thrift, Kalpesh K Patel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Colonoscopy competency assessment in trainees traditionally has been informal. Comprehensive metrics such as the Assessment of Competency in Endoscopy (ACE) tool suggest that competency thresholds are higher than assumed. Cap-assisted colonoscopy (CAC) may improve competency, but data regarding novice trainees are lacking. We compared CAC versus standard colonoscopy (SC) performed by novice trainees in a randomized controlled trial. METHODS: All colonoscopies performed by 3 gastroenterology fellows without prior experience were eligible for the study...
June 23, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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