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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141072/association-of-cetp-gene-variants-with-risk-for-vascular-and-nonvascular-diseases-among-chinese-adults
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Iona Y Millwood, Derrick A Bennett, Michael V Holmes, Ruth Boxall, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Ling Yang, Sam Sansome, Yiping Chen, Huaidong Du, Canqing Yu, Alex Hacker, Dermot F Reilly, Yunlong Tan, Michael R Hill, Junshi Chen, Richard Peto, Hongbing Shen, Rory Collins, Robert Clarke, Liming Li, Robin G Walters, Zhengming Chen
Importance: Increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol through pharmacologic inhibition of cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) is a potentially important strategy for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Objective: To use genetic variants in the CETP gene to assess potential risks and benefits of lifelong lower CETP activity on CVD and other outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective biobank study included 151 217 individuals aged 30 to 79 years who were enrolled from 5 urban and 5 rural areas of China from June 25, 2004, through July 15, 2008...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138904/rice-diversity-panel-provides-accurate-genomic-predictions-for-complex-traits-in-the-progenies-of-biparental-crosses-involving-members-of-the-panel
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M Ben Hassen, T V Cao, J Bartholomé, G Orasen, C Colombi, J Rakotomalala, L Razafinimpiasa, C Bertone, C Biselli, A Volante, F Desiderio, L Jacquin, G Valè, N Ahmadi
Rice breeding programs based on pedigree schemes can use a genomic model trained with data from their working collection to predict performances of progenies produced through rapid generation advancement. So far, most potential applications of genomic prediction in plant improvement have been explored using cross validation approaches. This is the first empirical study to evaluate the accuracy of genomic prediction of the performances of progenies in a typical rice breeding program. Using a cross validation approach, we first analyzed the effects of marker selection and statistical methods on the accuracy of prediction of three different heritability traits in a reference population (RP) of 284 inbred accessions...
November 14, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138205/long-term-prognosis-of-young-breast-cancer-patients-%C3%A2-40-years-who-did-not-receive-adjuvant-systemic-treatment-protocol-for-the-paradigm-initiative-cohort-study
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Gwen Mhe Dackus, Natalie D Ter Hoeve, Mark Opdam, Willem Vreuls, Zsuzsanna Varga, Esther Koop, Stefan M Willems, Carolien Hm Van Deurzen, Emilie J Groen, Alicia Cordoba, Jos Bart, Antien L Mooyaart, Jan G van den Tweel, Vicky Zolota, Jelle Wesseling, Anna Sapino, Ewa Chmielik, Ales Ryska, Frederic Amant, Annegien Broeks, Ron Kerkhoven, Nikolas Stathonikos, Mitko Veta, Adri Voogd, Katarzyna Jozwiak, Michael Hauptmann, Marlous Hoogstraat, Marjanka K Schmidt, Gabe Sonke, Elsken van der Wall, Sabine Siesling, Paul J van Diest, Sabine C Linn
INTRODUCTION: Currently used tools for breast cancer prognostication and prediction may not adequately reflect a young patient's prognosis or likely treatment benefit because they were not adequately validated in young patients. Since breast cancers diagnosed at a young age are considered prognostically unfavourable, many treatment guidelines recommend adjuvant systemic treatment for all young patients. Patients cured by locoregional treatment alone are, therefore, overtreated. Lack of prognosticators for young breast cancer patients represents an unmet medical need and has led to the initiation of the PAtients with bReAst cancer DIaGnosed preMenopausally (PARADIGM) initiative...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135576/assisted-partner-notification-services-are-cost-effective-for-decreasing-hiv-burden-in-western-kenya-a-mathematical-modeling-analysis
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Monisha Sharma, Jennifer A Smith, Carey Farquhar, Roger Ying, Peter Cherutich, Matthew Golden, Beatrice Wamuti, David Bukusi, Hans Spiegel, Ruanne V Barnabas
BACKGROUND: Assisted partner services (aPS) or provider notification for sexual partners of persons diagnosed HIV-positive can increase HIV testing and linkage in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and is a high yield strategy to identify HIV-positive persons. However, its cost-effectiveness is not well-evaluated. METHODS: Using effectiveness and cost data from an aPS trial in Kenya, we parameterized an individual-based, dynamic HIV transmission model. We estimated costs for both a program scenario and a task-shifting scenario using community health workers to conduct the intervention...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135571/validation-of-cancer-cases-using-primary-care-cancer-registry-and-hospitalization-data-in-the-uk
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Andrea V Margulis, Joan Fortuny, James A Kaye, Brian Calingaert, Maria Reynolds, Estel Plana, Lisa J McQuay, Willem Jan Atsma, Billy Franks, Stefan de Vogel, Susana Perez-Gutthann, Alejandro Arana
BACKGROUND: In the United Kingdom, hospital or cancer registry data can be linked to electronic medical records for a subset of general practices and years. METHODS: We used Clinical Practice Research Datalink data (2004-2012) from patients treated for overactive bladder. We electronically identified provisional cases of 10 common cancers in General Practitioner Online Database data and validated them by medical profile review. In practices with linkage to Hospital Episodes Statistics and National Cancer Data Repository (2004-2010), we validated provisional cancer cases against these data sources...
November 9, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133976/bisphosphonates-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-calcification-update-and-systematic-review-of-clinical-studies
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REVIEW
Carla Caffarelli, Andrea Montagnani, Ranuccio Nuti, Stefano Gonnelli
Background: Epidemiologic and clinical data have suggested the existence of a biologic linkage between the bone system and the vascular system. Bisphosphonates (BPs) are effective inhibitors of bone resorption and are currently considered the drugs of choice for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and related fractures. Data from several publications have suggested that BPs may also be effective in reducing the atherosclerotic process and vascular calcification, but the results of these studies are contrasting...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133337/identification-of-myocardial-infarction-type-from-electronic-hospital-data-in-england-and-australia-a-comparative-data-linkage-study
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Lee Nedkoff, Derrick Lopez, Michael Goldacre, Frank Sanfilippo, Michael Hobbs, F Lucy Wright
OBJECTIVE: To determine the utility of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes in investigating trends in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) using person-linked electronic hospitalisation data in England and Western Australia (WA). METHODS: All hospital admissions with myocardial infarction (MI) as the principal diagnosis were identified from 2000 to 2013 from both jurisdictions...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133313/site-specific-cancer-mortality-inequalities-by-employment-and-occupational-groups-a-cohort-study-among-belgian-adults-2001-2011
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Katrien Vanthomme, Laura Van den Borre, Hadewijch Vandenheede, Paulien Hagedoorn, Sylvie Gadeyne
OBJECTIVE: This study probes into site-specific cancer mortality inequalities by employment and occupational group among Belgians, adjusted for other indicators of socioeconomic (SE) position. DESIGN: This cohort study is based on record linkage between the Belgian censuses of 1991 and 2001 and register data on emigration and mortality for 01/10/2001 to 31/12/2011. SETTING: Belgium. PARTICIPANTS: The study population contains all Belgians within the economically active age (25-65 years) at the census of 1991...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133273/plasma-free-thyroxine-in-the-upper-quartile-is-associated-with-an-increased-incidence-of-major-cardiovascular-events-in-older-men-that-do-not-have-thyroid-dysfunction-according-to-conventional-criteria
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Jonathan Golledge, Graeme J Hankey, Osvaldo P Almeida, Leon Flicker, Paul E Norman, Bu B Yeap
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the association of plasma free thyroxine (FT4) and serum thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) concentrations with the past diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and incidence of new cardiovascular events in older men with no known thyroid disease. METHODS: This study involved a cohort of community-recruited older men without known thyroid disease. Plasma FT4 and serum TSH were measured by immunoassay. Past cardiovascular disease diagnosis was defined through questionnaire data...
October 29, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133050/newly-designed-organotin-iv-carboxylates-with-peptide-linkage-synthesis-structural-elucidation-physicochemical-characterizations-and-pharmacological-investigations
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Muhammad Sirajuddin, Vickie McKee, Muhammad Tariq, Saqib Ali
Fourteen new organotin(IV) carboxylate complexes with peptide linkage of (2-(4-methoxy-2-nitrophenylcarbamoyl)benzoic acid) were successfully synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, FT-IR, NMR ((1)H, (13)C and (119)Sn) and single crystal X-ray techniques. FT-IR results of the sodium salt of 2-(4-methoxy-2-nitrophenylcarbamoyl)benzoic acid and complexes showed that the coordination took place via oxygen atoms of the carboxylate group. (1)J((119)Sn-(13)C), (2)J((119)Sn-(1)H) and θ values calculated from (1)H and (13)C NMR data using Lockhart's equation reveal a trigonal bipyramidal geometry for triorganotin(IV) derivatives and an octahedral geometry for diorganotin(IV) derivatives...
November 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132992/measuring-the-timeliness-of-childhood-vaccinations-using-cohort-data-and-routine-health-records-to-evaluate-quality-of-immunisation-services
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Suzanne Walton, Mario Cortina-Borja, Carol Dezateux, Lucy J Griffiths, Karen Tingay, Ashley Akbari, Amrita Bandyopadhyay, Ronan A Lyons, Helen Bedford
BACKGROUND: To achieve full benefits of vaccination programmes, high uptake and timely receipt of vaccinations are required. OBJECTIVES: To examine uptake and timeliness of infant and pre-school booster vaccines using cohort study data linked to health records. METHODS: We included 1782 children, born between 2000 and 2001, participating in the Millennium Cohort Study and resident in Wales, whose parents gave consent for linkage to National Community Child Health Database records at the age seven year contact...
November 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132760/hepatitis-c-in-sub-saharan-africa-the-current-status-and-recommendations-for-achieving-elimination-by-2030
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REVIEW
Mark W Sonderup, Mary Afihene, Reidwaan Ally, Betty Apica, Yaw Awuku, Lina Cunha, Geoffrey Dusheiko, Neliswa Gogela, Marie-Jeanne Lohouès-Kouacou, Phillip Lam, Olufunmilayo Lesi, Papa Saliou Mbaye, Emmanuel Musabeyezu, Betty Musau, Olesegun Ojo, John Rwegasha, Barbara Scholz, Abate B Shewaye, Christian Tzeuton, Chris Kassianides, C Wendy Spearman
In 2016, WHO adopted a strategy for the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030. Africa, and more specifically, sub-Saharan Africa, carries a substantial portion of the global burden of viral hepatitis, especially chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infections. The task that lies ahead for sub-Saharan Africa to achieve elimination is substantial, but not insurmountable. Major developments in the management of hepatitis C have put elimination within reach, but several difficulties will need to be navigated on the path to elimination...
December 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132627/examining-health-disparities-by-gender-a-multimorbidity-network-analysis-of-electronic-medical-record
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Pankush Kalgotra, Ramesh Sharda, Julie M Croff
PROBLEM: Multimorbidity health disparities have not been well examined by gender. Co-occurring diseases may be mutually deleterious, co-occurring independently, or co-occurring from a common antecedent. Diseases linked by a common antecedent may be caused by biological, behavioral, social, or environmental factors. This paper aims to address the co-occurrences of diseases using network analysis. METHODS: In this study, we identify these multi-morbidities from a large electronic medical record (EMR) containing diagnoses, symptoms and treatment data on more than 22...
December 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132497/from-micro-to-macro-assessing-implementation-of-integrated-care-in-australia
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Lisa Angus, Pim P Valentijn
Many countries and health systems are pursuing integrated care as a means of achieving better outcomes. However, no standard approaches exist for comparing integration approaches across models or settings, and for evaluating whether the key components of integrated care are present in different initiatives. This study sheds light on how integrated care is being implemented in Australia, using a new tool to characterise and compare integration strategies at micro, meso and macro levels. In total, 114 staff from a purposive sample of 38 integrated care projects completed a survey based on the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care...
November 14, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132062/risk-of-early-onset-prostate-cancer-associated-with-occupation-in-the-nordic-countries
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Kathryn Hughes Barry, Jan Ivar Martinsen, Michael C R Alavanja, Gabriella Andreotti, Aaron Blair, Johnni Hansen, Kristina Kjærheim, Stella Koutros, Elsebeth Lynge, Pär Sparèn, Laufey Tryggvadottir, Elisabete Weiderpass, Sonja I Berndt, Eero Pukkala
BACKGROUND: Early-onset prostate cancer is often more aggressive and may have a different aetiology than later-onset prostate cancer, but has been relatively little studied to date. We evaluated occupation in relation to early- and later-onset prostate cancer in a large pooled study. METHODS: We used occupational information from census data in five Nordic countries from 1960 to 1990. We identified prostate cancer cases diagnosed from 1961 to 2005 by linkage of census information to national cancer registries and calculated standardised incidence ratios (SIRs) separately for men aged 30-49 and those aged 50 or older...
November 10, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131860/does-proximity-of-women-to-facilities-with-better-choice-of-contraceptives-affect-their-contraceptive-utilization-in-rural-ethiopia
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Solomon Shiferaw, Mark Spigt, Assefa Seme, Ayanaw Amogne, Stein Skrøvseth, Selamawit Desta, Scott Radloff, Amy Tsui, Dinant GeertJan
BACKGROUND: There is limited evidence of the linkage between contraceptive use, the range of methods available and level of contraceptive stocks at health facilities and distance to facility in developing countries. The present analysis aims at examining the influence of contraceptive method availability and distance to the nearby facilities on modern contraceptive utilization among married women in rural areas in Ethiopia using geo-referenced data. METHODS: We used data from the first round of surveys of the Performance Monitoring & Accountability 2020 project in Ethiopia (PMA2020/Ethiopia-2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131849/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-of-hiv-care-shows-a-clear-benefit-when-transmission-risk-is-considered-in-the-calculations-a-message-for-central-and-eastern-europe
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Justyna D Kowalska, Grzegorz Wójcik, Jakub Rutkowski, Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak, Ewa Siewaszewicz
BACKGROUND: HIV epidemic remains a major global health issue. Data from cost-effectiveness analyses base on CD4+ count and morbidity in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV infection. The approach adopted in these analyses includes many other factors, previously not investigated. Additionally, we evaluate the impact of sexual HIV transmission due to delayed cART on the cost-effectiveness of care. METHODS: A lifetime Markov model (1-month cycle) was developed to estimate the cost per quality adjusted life years (QALY) for a 1- and 3-year delay in starting cART (as compared to starting immediately at linkage to care) lifetime costs, clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131822/impact-of-the-ebola-outbreak-on-trypanosoma-brucei-gambiense-infection-medical-activities-in-coastal-guinea-2014-2015-a-retrospective-analysis-from-the-guinean-national-human-african-trypanosomiasis-control-program
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Mariame Camara, Eric Ouattara, Alexandre Duvignaud, René Migliani, Oumou Camara, Mamadou Leno, Philippe Solano, Bruno Bucheton, Mamadou Camara, Denis Malvy
BACKGROUND: The 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak massively hit Guinea. The coastal districts of Boffa, Dubreka and Forecariah, three major foci of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), were particularly affected. We aimed to assess the impact of this epidemic on sleeping sickness screening and caring activities. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used preexisting data from the Guinean sleeping sickness control program, collected between 2012 and 2015. We described monthly: the number of persons (i) screened actively; (ii) or passively; (iii) treated for HAT; (iv) attending post-treatment follow-up visits...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131507/the-disruptive-effect-of-lysozyme-on-the-bacterial-cell-wall-explored-by-an-in-silico-structural-outlook
#19
Emiliano D Primo, Lisandro H Otero, Francisco Ruiz, Sebastián Klinke, Walter Giordano
The bacterial cell wall, a structural unit of peptidoglycan polymer comprised of glycan strands consisting of a repeating disaccharide motif [N-acetylglucosamine (NAG) and N-acetylmuramylpentapeptide (NAM pentapeptide)], encases bacteria and provides structural integrity and protection. Lysozymes are enzymes that break down the bacterial cell wall and disrupt the bacterial life cycle by cleaving the linkage between the NAG and NAM carbohydrates. Lab exercises focused on the effects of lysozyme on the bacterial cell wall are frequently incorporated in biochemistry classes designed for undergraduate students in diverse fields as biology, microbiology, chemistry, agronomy, medicine, and veterinary medicine...
November 13, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131425/stage-of-diagnosis-of-prostate-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-in-farm-residents-compared-with-other-rural-and-urban-residents-in-new-south-wales
#20
Julie Depczynski, Timothy Dobbins, Bruce Armstrong, Tony Lower
OBJECTIVE: To determine if stage at diagnosis of prostate, breast and colorectal cancers differs between farm, rural non-farm and urban residents. DESIGN: Data linkage of baseline survey information from a large cohort study, with state cancer registry records from 2006 to 2009. SETTING: New South Wales, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: New South Wales residents enrolled in the 45 and Up Study cohort. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Adjusted odds ratio of non-localised cancer stage was modelled using binary logistic regression, controlling for commonly known cancer risk factors...
November 13, 2017: Australian Journal of Rural Health
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