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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332504/changes-in-distress-measured-by-the-distress-thermometer-as-reported-by-patients-in-home-palliative-care-in-germany
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Stefanie Ohnhäuser, Johannes Wüller, Ann Christina Foldenauer, Tania Pastrana
AIM: To identify changes in distress as reported by patients in a home palliative care program over a 2-week period. METHODS: Prospective study in West Germany with consecutive patients cared for at home by a palliative care specialty team. Exclusion criteria were patients under 18 years of age, mentally or physically not able to complete the assessment questionnaires, or unable to comprehend German language. Distress was measured using the distress thermometer (DT); sociodemographic and medical data were collected from the patients' records...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330332/identification-and-characterization-of-sites-where-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-is-terminated-by-localized-ablation
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Junaid A B Zaman, William H Sauer, Mahmood I Alhusseini, Tina Baykaner, Ryan T Borne, Christopher A B Kowalewski, Sonia Busch, Paul C Zei, Shirley Park, Mohan N Viswanathan, Paul J Wang, Johannes Brachmann, David E Krummen, John M Miller, Wouter Jan Rappel, Sanjiv M Narayan, Nicholas S Peters
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms by which persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) terminates via localized ablation are not well understood. To address the hypothesis that sites where localized ablation terminates persistent AF have characteristics identifiable with activation mapping during AF, we systematically examined activation patterns acquired only in cases of unequivocal termination by ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 57 patients with persistent AF undergoing ablation, in whom localized ablation terminated AF to sinus rhythm or organized tachycardia...
January 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327380/effects-of-deficiency-and-surplus-dietary-threonine-on-reproductive-performance-of-primiparous-pregnant-gilts
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M Shi, T Liu, T Li, H Wang, T Yuan, D Li, J Wang
Dietary threonine imbalance is known to impair reproductive performances of gestating sows, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In this study, effects of deficiency and surplus dietary threonine during gestation on reproductive performance, serum metabolites and hormones concentration, and colostral nutrient and immunoglobulin contents of primiparous sows were investigated. Ninety primiparous pregnant gilts were assigned to one of the three dietary treatments with different standardized ileal digestible threonine/lysine ratios at 0...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324309/the-promising-future-of-ventricular-restraint-therapy-for-the-management-of-end-stage-heart-failure
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Muhammad Naveed, Imran Shair Mohammad, Li Xue, Sara Khan, Wang Gang, Yanfang Cao, Yijie Cheng, Xingxing Cui, Chen DingDing, Yu Feng, Wang Zhijie, Zhou Xiaohui
Complicated pathophysiological syndrome associated with irregular functioning of the heart leading to insufficient blood supply to the organs is linked to congestive heart failure (CHF) which is the leading cause of death in developed countries. Numerous factors can add to heart failure (HF) pathogenesis, including myocardial infarction (MI), genetic factors, coronary artery disease (CAD), ischemia or hypertension. Presently, most of the therapies against CHF cause modest symptom relief but incapable of giving significant recovery for long-term survival outcomes...
January 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322344/deadtime-effects-in-quantification-of-177lu-activity-for-radionuclide-therapy
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Carlos F Uribe, Pedro L Esquinas, Marjorie Gonzalez, Wei Zhao, Jesse Tanguay, Anna Celler
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the deadtime (DT) effects that are present in 177Lu images acquired after radionuclide therapy injection, assess differences in DT based on the full spectrum and the photopeak-only measurements, and design a method to correct for the deadtime losses. A Siemens SymbiaT SPECT/CT camera with a medium energy collimator was used. A 295-mL bottle was placed off-center inside a large cylinder filled with water, and 177Lu activity was sequentially added up to a maximum of 9...
January 11, 2018: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321483/extracellular-total-electrolyte-concentration-imaging-for-electrical-brain-stimulation-ebs
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Saurav Z K Sajib, Mun Bae Lee, Hyung Joong Kim, Eung Je Woo, Oh In Kwon
Techniques for electrical brain stimulation (EBS), in which weak electrical stimulation is applied to the brain, have been extensively studied in various therapeutic brain functional applications. The extracellular fluid in the brain is a complex electrolyte that is composed of different types of ions, such as sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), and calcium (Ca+). Abnormal levels of electrolytes can cause a variety of pathological disorders. In this paper, we present a novel technique to visualize the total electrolyte concentration in the extracellular compartment of biological tissues...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321070/the-effect-of-methamphetamine-abuse-on-dental-caries-and-periodontal-diseases-in-an-eastern-china-city
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Tao Ye, Dongliang Sun, Guangying Dong, Guangjie Xu, Ligang Wang, Jinjin Du, Pengcheng Ren, Shibin Yu
BACKGROUND: Dental diseases are among the most frequently reported health problems in drug abusers. However, few studies have been conducted on oral health of methamphetamine (meth) abusers in China. The aim of the present study was to investigate the caries and periodontal health profile of former meth abusers in Eastern China. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 162 former meth abusers in the male Zhoushan Compulsory Detoxification Center. A standardized questionnaire, which collected information about age, drug-use duration / pattern, oral hygiene habit and systemic diseases, was administered...
January 10, 2018: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319565/left-ventricular-assist-device-as-destination-therapy-for-end-stage-heart-failure-the-right-time-for-the-right-patients
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Naoto Fukunaga, Vivek Rao
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiac transplantation is the gold standard treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure. Unfortunately, the demand for donor organs far outstrips the number of available hearts. Therefore, not all patients who can benefit from this therapy are even listed for transplant. Once destination therapy was approved for the long-term support of nontransplant eligible patients, it was felt that the number of durable ventricular assist device (VAD) implants would increase...
January 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319134/diagnostic-accuracy-of-planar-spect-and-spect-ct-parathyroid-scintigraphy-protocols-in-patients-with-hyperparathyroidism
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Yutapong Raruenrom, Daris Theerakulpisut, Nantaporn Wongsurawat, Charoonsak Somboonporn
BACKGROUND: Several parathyroid scintigraphy protocols have been used for preoperative localization of hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands in patients with hyperparathyroidism. The aim of this study is to compare the diagnostic accuracy of various parathyroid scintigraphy protocols. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective diagnostic accuracy study with histopathology as the reference standard was done. Five imaging protocols were investigated including planar dual tracer Tc-99m pertechnetate/Tc-99m sestamibi (DT), planar dual phase Tc-99m sestamibi (DP), and combined dual tracer dual phase (DTDP) protocols, as well as add-on single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT)...
January 10, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316843/diagnosis-threat-and-underperformance-the-threat-must-be-relevant-and-implicit
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Megan Fresson, Benoit Dardenne, Thierry Meulemans
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis threat (DT) phenomenon shows that, in some cases, reminding people with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) about their past neurological history diminishes subsequent cognitive performance. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of personal relevance (i.e., domain identification) and type of threat (i.e., implicit vs. explicit) as moderating variables. We investigated intrusive thoughts as a potential mediator. METHOD: Control (non-mTBI) and mTBI participants were recruited and completed a domain identification questionnaire...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316610/development-of-a-deimmunized-bispecific-immunotoxin-ddt2219-against-b-cell-malignancies
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Joerg U Schmohl, Deborah Todhunter, Elizabeth Taras, Veronika Bachanova, Daniel A Vallera
Diphtheria toxin (DT) related targeted toxins are effective in cancer treatment, but efficacy diminishes in time because of their immunogenic potential and/or former vaccinations. In order to overcome this limitation for DT2219, a promising bispecific targeted toxin which targets CD19 and CD22, we deimmunized the DT moiety, and thereby developed an exciting improved drug (dDT2219) which still has the potential to sufficiently target B-cell malignancies but also limits clearance because of its reduced immunogenicity...
January 6, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316014/effects-of-daytime-versus-night-time-cesarean-deliveries-on-stage-ii-lactogenesis
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Gülşah İlhan, Fatma V Atmaca, Ayşenur Çümen, Ali G Zebitay, Emre S Güngör, Ayşe F G Karasu
AIM: The circadian timing system has a rhythm and one of the roles of this system is the mediation of hormonal and metabolic adaptations to lactation. This study was conducted to determine whether the time to stage II lactogenesis differed in women who underwent cesarean section (CS) in the daytime (DT) or night-time (NT). METHODS: This study was conducted at Süleymaniye Research and Education Hospital between June and December 2016. Two hundred and eighty-eight mothers who had a cesarean delivery and their healthy singleton neonates were included...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315955/prevalence-of-physical-problems-detected-by-the-distress-thermometer-and-problem-list-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Daniel C McFarland, Kelly M Shaffer, Amy Tiersten, Jimmie Holland
BACKGROUND: Patients with breast cancer have high rates of physical symptoms that negatively impact their quality of life. The relationship between women's perceptions of these physical symptoms and patient demographic and breast cancer characteristics is less well known. This study describes breast cancer patients' physical symptoms and their relationship with patient characteristics. METHODS: Patients (n=125) with breast cancer (Stage 0-IV) completed questionnaires in a dedicated academic medical center breast cancer clinic...
January 5, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315720/oral-diseases-associated-with-condition-specific-oral-health-related-quality-of-life-and-school-performance-of-thai-primary-school-children-a-hierarchical-approach
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Issarapong Kaewkamnerdpong, Sudaduang Krisdapong
OBJECTIVES: To assess the hierarchical associations between children's school performance and condition-specific (CS) oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), school absence, oral status, sociodemographic and economic status (SDES) and social capital; and to investigate the associations between CS OHRQoL and related oral status, adjusting for SDES and social capital. METHODS: Data on 925 sixth grade children in Sakaeo province, Thailand, were collected through oral examinations for dental caries and oral hygiene, social capital questionnaires, OHRQoL interviews using the Child-Oral Impacts on Daily Performances index, parental self-administered questionnaires and school documents...
January 8, 2018: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315532/treatment-of-mcpt8dtr-mice-with-high-or-low-dose-diphtheria-toxin-leads-to-differential-depletion-of-basophils-and-granulocyte-macrophage-progenitors
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Carole El Hachem, Pierre Hener, Peggy Kirstetter, Jiagui Li, Susan Chan, Mei Li
Basophils have been recently recognized to play important roles in type 2 immune responses during allergies and parasitic infection, largely due to the development of novel tools for the in vivo study of these cells. As such, the genetically-engineered MCPT8DTR mouse line has been used to specifically deplete basophils following treatment with diphtheria toxin (DT). In this study, we showed that DT-injected MCPT8DTR mice exhibited a striking decrease of eosinophils and neutrophils in skin when subjected to a hapten fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-induced allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) experimental protocol...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315218/analysis-of-the-sensing-properties-of-a-highly-stable-and-reproducible-ozone-gas-sensor-based-on-amorphous-in-ga-zn-o-thin-film
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Chiu-Hsien Wu, Guo-Jhen Jiang, Kai-Wei Chang, Zu-Yin Deng, Yu-Ning Li, Kuen-Lin Chen, Chien-Chung Jeng
In this study, the sensing properties of an amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin film at ozone concentrations from 500 to 5 ppm were investigated. The a-IGZO thin film showed very good reproducibility and stability over three test cycles. The ozone concentration of 60-70 ppb also showed a good response. The resistance change (ΔR) and sensitivity (S) were linearly dependent on the ozone concentration. The response time (T90-res), recovery time (T90-rec), and time constant (τ) showed first-order exponential decay with increasing ozone concentration...
January 9, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315174/oligorecurrent-nodal-prostate-cancer-long-term-results-of-an-elective-nodal-irradiation-approach
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Sebastien Tran, Sandra Jorcano, Teresa Falco, Giorgio Lamanna, Raymond Miralbell, Thomas Zilli
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to report long-term results of elective nodal radiotherapy (ENRT) in prostate cancer (PCa) patients with oligorecurrent nodal disease after primary treatment. METHODS: Data of 53 oligorecurrent PCa patients (N1 and/or M1a) with ≤5 nodal metastases (n=108) treated with ENRT combined with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) between 2004 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. Median prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and PSA doubling time (DT) were 3...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313076/poly-a-tail-length-analysis-of-in-vitro-transcribed-mrna-by-lc-ms
#18
Michael Beverly, Caitlin Hagen, Olga Slack
The 3'-polyadenosine (poly A) tail of in vitro transcribed (IVT) mRNA was studied using liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS). Poly A tails were cleaved from the mRNA using ribonuclease T1 followed by isolation with dT magnetic beads. Extracted tails were then analyzed by LC-MS which provided tail length information at single-nucleotide resolution. A 2100-nt mRNA with plasmid-encoded poly A tail lengths of either 27, 64, 100, or 117 nucleotides was used for these studies as enzymatically added poly A tails showed significant length heterogeneity...
January 8, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306885/derivation-and-validation-of-different-machine-learning-models-in-mortality-prediction-of-trauma-in-motorcycle-riders-a-cross-sectional-retrospective-study-in-southern-taiwan
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Pao-Jen Kuo, Shao-Chun Wu, Peng-Chen Chien, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Yi-Chun Chen, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Ching-Hua Hsieh
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to build and test the models of machine learning (ML) to predict the mortality of hospitalised motorcycle riders. SETTING: The study was conducted in a level-1 trauma centre in southern Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS: Motorcycle riders who were hospitalised between January 2009 and December 2015 were classified into a training set (n=6306) and test set (n=946). Using the demographic information, injury characteristics and laboratory data of patients, logistic regression (LR), support vector machine (SVM) and decision tree (DT) analyses were performed to determine the mortality of individual motorcycle riders, under different conditions, using all samples or reduced samples, as well as all variables or selected features in the algorithm...
January 5, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304184/cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-is-inversely-affected-by-thyroid-hormones-excess-or-deficiency-in-male-wistar-rats
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Fernando A C Seara, Leonardo Maciel, Raiana A Q Barbosa, Nayana C Rodrigues, Anderson L B Silveira, Michelle P Marassi, Adriana B Carvalho, José Hamilton M Nascimento, Emerson L Olivares
AIM: Thyroid dysfunctions can increase the risk of myocardial ischemia and infarction. However, the repercussions on cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury remain unclear so far. We report here the effects of hypothyroidism and thyrotoxicosis in the susceptibility to IR injury in isolated rat hearts compared to euthyroid condition and the potential role of antioxidant enzymes. METHODS: Hypothyroidism and thyrotoxicosis were induced by administration of methimazole (MMZ, 300 mg/L) and thyroxine (T4, 12 mg/L), respectively in drinking water for 35 days...
2018: PloS One
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