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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749455/primary-biliary-cholangitis-alters-functional-connections-of-the-brain-s-deep-gray-matter
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Victoria A L Mosher, Mark G Swain, Jack X Q Pang, Gilaad G Kaplan, Keith A Sharkey, Glenda M MacQueen, Bradley G Goodyear
OBJECTIVES: Fatigue, itch, depressed mood, and cognitive impairment significantly impact the quality of life of many patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Previous neuroimaging studies of non-hepatic diseases suggest that these symptoms are often associated with dysfunction of deep gray matter brain regions. We used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rsfMRI) to determine whether PBC patients exhibit altered functional connections of deep gray matter. METHODS: Twenty female non-cirrhotic PBC patients and 21 age/gender-matched controls underwent rsfMRI...
July 27, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749236/are-males-and-females-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-more-similar-than-we-thought
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Joanna L Mussey, Nicole C Ginn, Laura G Klinger
Differences in behavioral and cognitive profiles have been suggested to potentially impact the presentation of social and communication symptoms in females with autism spectrum disorder. This study examined gender differences in age of diagnosis, cognitive profiles, social communication symptomatology, and autism spectrum disorder symptom severity in a community-based sample of 566 males and 113 females with autism spectrum disorder ranging in age from 1 year, 9 months to 56 years, 4 months. Results suggest either very small or no gender differences in age at diagnosis, intelligence quotient, cognitive profiles, or autism spectrum disorder symptom severity...
August 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749232/behavioural-and-cognitive-sex-gender-differences-in-autism-spectrum-condition-and-typically-developing-males-and-females
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Laura Hull, William Mandy, K V Petrides
Studies assessing sex/gender differences in autism spectrum conditions often fail to include typically developing control groups. It is, therefore, unclear whether observed sex/gender differences reflect those found in the general population or are particular to autism spectrum conditions. A systematic search identified articles comparing behavioural and cognitive characteristics in males and females with and without an autism spectrum condition diagnosis. A total of 13 studies were included in meta-analyses of sex/gender differences in core autism spectrum condition symptoms (social/communication impairments and restricted/repetitive behaviours and interests) and intelligence quotient...
August 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749191/disease-related-autoantibody-profile-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Christos Liaskos, Emmanouela Marou, Theodora Simopoulou, Maria Barmakoudi, Georgios Efthymiou, Thomas Scheper, Wolfgang Meyer, Dimitrios P Bogdanos, Lazaros I Sakkas
BACKGROUND: Autoantibodies (autoAbs) help in diagnosis and predicting clinical phenotypes in systemic sclerosis (SSc). AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine the clinical utility of 13 SSc-related autoAbs in SSc patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 131 consecutive patients with SSc (111 female, mean age 58.1 ± 14 years; 49 with diffused cutaneous SSc [dcSSc] and 82 with limited cutaneous SSc [lcSSc]) were analysed by a multiplex line immunoassay (Euroimmun) for autoantibodies (autoAbs) against 13 SSc-related antigens...
July 27, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749089/cognitive-deficits-in-patients-with-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-a-comparative-study-between-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-and-primary-psychiatric-disorders
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Everard G B Vijverberg, Sigfried Schouws, Paul David Meesters, Esmée Verwijk, Hannie Comijs, Ted Koene, Charlotte Schreuder, Aartjan Beekman, Philip Scheltens, Max Stek, Yolande Pijnenburg, Annemieke Dols
OBJECTIVE: To compare neuropsychological profiles in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) with its most common primary psychiatric differential diagnoses, major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder (BD), and schizophrenia, in older patients with active symptoms. METHODS: We included patients from different cohorts with MDD (DSM-IV-TR: 296.20-296.23, 296.30-296.33; n = 42; mean ± SD age, 72.0 ± 8.0 years; female = 57.1%) included from 2002 to 2007, noneuthymic BD (DSM-IV-TR: 296...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748642/noonan-syndrome-in-diverse-populations
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Paul Kruszka, Antonio R Porras, Yonit A Addissie, Angélica Moresco, Sofia Medrano, Gary T K Mok, Gordon K C Leung, Cedrik Tekendo-Ngongang, Annette Uwineza, Meow-Keong Thong, Premala Muthukumarasamy, Engela Honey, Ekanem N Ekure, Ogochukwu J Sokunbi, Nnenna Kalu, Kelly L Jones, Julie D Kaplan, Omar A Abdul-Rahman, Lisa M Vincent, Amber Love, Khadija Belhassan, Karim Ouldim, Ihssane El Bouchikhi, Anju Shukla, Katta M Girisha, Siddaramappa J Patil, Nirmala D Sirisena, Vajira H W Dissanayake, C Sampath Paththinige, Rupesh Mishra, Eva Klein-Zighelboim, Bertha E Gallardo Jugo, Miguel Chávez Pastor, Hugo H Abarca-Barriga, Steven A Skinner, Eloise J Prijoles, Eben Badoe, Ashleigh D Gill, Vorasuk Shotelersuk, Patroula Smpokou, Monisha S Kisling, Carlos R Ferreira, Leon Mutesa, Andre Megarbane, Antonie D Kline, Amy Kimball, Emmy Okello, Peter Lwabi, Twalib Aliku, Emmanuel Tenywa, Nonglak Boonchooduang, Pranoot Tanpaiboon, Antonio Richieri-Costa, Ambroise Wonkam, Brian H Y Chung, Roger E Stevenson, Marshall Summar, Kausik Mandal, Shubha R Phadke, María G Obregon, Marius G Linguraru, Maximilian Muenke
Noonan syndrome (NS) is a common genetic syndrome associated with gain of function variants in genes in the Ras/MAPK pathway. The phenotype of NS has been well characterized in populations of European descent with less attention given to other groups. In this study, individuals from diverse populations with NS were evaluated clinically and by facial analysis technology. Clinical data and images from 125 individuals with NS were obtained from 20 countries with an average age of 8 years and female composition of 46%...
July 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748633/depression-and-anxiety-in-multiple-system-atrophy
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L-Y Zhang, B Cao, Y-T Zou, Q-Q Wei, R-W Ou, B Zhao, Y Wu, H-F Shang
BACKGROUND: It has been noticed that the patients with multiple system atrophy (MSA) can accompany with depression and anxiety. This study aimed to establish the incidence and determinants of depression and anxiety symptoms in Chinese MSA patients. METHODS: A total of 237 MSA patients were enrolled in the study. Neuropsychological assessment was performed using Hamilton Depression Rating Scale-24 items and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. RESULTS: We found that 62...
July 26, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747284/comorbid-autoimmune-diseases-in-patients-with-pemphigus-a-nationwide-case-control-study-in-taiwan
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Yun-Wen Chiu, Yen-Da Chen, Tuan-Chun Hua, Chi-Hung Wu, Han-Nan Liu, Yun-Ting Chang
Previous studies have proposed the association between pemphigus and several autoimmune diseases, but no large-scale study has been reported. To delineate the association between pemphigus and autoimmune diseases including psoriasis. A total of 1,998 patients with pemphigus and 7,992 control subjects were enrolled from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan from 1997 to 2010. The odds of comorbidities between these two groups were analysed by multivariate logistic regression. Compared with control subjects, patients with pemphigus were much more likely to have Sjögren's syndrome (odds ratio [OR]: 15...
July 27, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747057/prevalence-risk-factors-and-response-to-treatment-of-extra-intestinal-manifestations-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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María Hernández-Tejero, Alicia Granja Navacerrada, Pilar Bernal Checa, Rubén Piqué Becerra, Alicia Algaba García, Iván Guerra Marina, Francisco Javier García-Alonso, Mariano Syed, Fernando Bermejo
INTRODUCTION: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease can experience extra-intestinal manifestations that may cause significant morbidity. AIMS: To describe the prevalence, characteristics, treatment and evolution of extra-intestinal manifestations in inflammatory bowel disease patients treated in our hospital and to identify associated risk factors. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational, case-control study. All inflammatory bowel disease patients with extra-intestinal manifestations were considered as cases and inflammatory bowel disease patients without extra-intestinal manifestations were considered as controls...
July 27, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747024/clinical-profile-and-outcomes-in-octogenarians-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-community-based-study-in-a-specific-european-health-care-area
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Moisés Rodríguez-Mañero, Estrella López-Pardo, Alberto Cordero, Omar Kredieh, María Pereira-Vazquez, Jose-Luis Martínez-Sande, Alvaro Martínez-Gomez, Carlos Peña-Gil, José Novo-Platas, Javier García-Seara, Pilar Mazón, Ricardo Laje, Isabel Moscoso, Alfonso Varela-Román, Jose María García-Acuña, José Ramón González-Juanatey
BACKGROUND: Age increases risk of stroke and bleeding. Clinical trial data have had relatively low proportions of elderly subjects. We sought to study a Spanish population of octogenarians with atrial fibrillation (AF) by combining different sources of electronic clinical records from an area where all medical centres utilized electronic health record systems. METHODS: Data was derived from the Galician Healthcare Service information system. RESULTS: From 383,000 subjects, AF was coded in 7990 (2...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746948/-factors-associated-with-safety-knowledge-on-alpine-ski%C3%A2-slopes
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Gerhard Ruedl, Elena Pocecco, Friedrich Brunner, Klaus Greier, Carolin Hildebrandt, Christian Raschner
Background The jurisdiction after a winter sport accident including a third party fault considers the 10 rules for safe skiing/snowboarding introduced by the International Ski Federation (FIS) to clarify the question of liability. A previous study revealed that beginners, young skiers and those who were not local residents displayed insufficient safety knowledge in given situations. The aim of this study was to evaluate additional factors associated with safety knowledge on ski slopes, e. g. type of winter sport, helmet use, risk taking behavior, and a previous injury occurred on a ski slope...
July 26, 2017: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746661/postural-balance-and-functional-independence-of-elderly-people-according-to-gender-and-age-cross-sectional-study
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Helen Benincasa Nakagawa, Juliana Rizzatto Ferraresi, Melina Galetti Prata, Marcos Eduardo Scheicher
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Aging causes changes in men and women. Studies have shown that women have worse postural balance and greater functional dependence than men, but there is no consensus regarding this. The aim of this study was to compare the balance and functional independence of elderly people according to sex and age, and to evaluate the association between postural balance and the number of drugs taken. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional at a state university...
May 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746530/hearing-thresholds-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-baseline-audiogram-configurations-and-associations
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Olusola Ayodele Sogebi, Muse Olatunbosun Fadeyi, Bolanle Olufunlola Adefuye, Festus Olukayode Soyinka
Objective: To use baseline audiogram parameters in order to ascertain whether drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) has effects on hearing, as well as to describe the configurations of the audiograms and to determine whether there are parameters that can be associated with those configurations. Methods: This was a prospective study involving patients diagnosed with DR-TB at a tuberculosis treatment center in the state of Ogun, in Nigeria. The patients included in the study were submitted to pure tone audiometry at baseline (within two weeks after treatment initiation)...
May 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746450/anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-beef-cattle-slaughtered-in-the-metropolitan-region-of-bel%C3%A3-m-brazilian-amazon
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Ediclei Lima do Carmo, Rafaela Dos Anjos Pinheiro Bogoevich Morais, Michele de Souza Lima, Carla Cristina Guimarães de Moraes, George Rêgo Albuquerque, Aristeu Vieira da Silva, Marinete Marins Póvoa
The relevance of consuming raw or undercooked beef in the transmission of toxoplasmosis is unclear due to the high resistance of cattle to infection. However, this possibility needs to be considered in endemic areas, such as the Amazon, where the consumption of beef is frequent. The objective of this study was to determine the frequency of anti-Toxoplasma gondii IgG antibodies in beef cattle slaughtered in the metropolitan region of Belem, Pará state, Brazil. Blood samples were collected from 500 animals of both genders in a licensed slaughterhouse in Belém...
April 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746139/the-impact-of-a-scholarly-concentration-program-on-student-interest-in-career-long-research-a-longitudinal-study
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Rachel K Wolfson, Kurt Alberson, Michael McGinty, Korry Schwanz, Kirsten Dickins, Vineet M Arora
PURPOSE: Concerns remain regarding the future of the physician-scientist workforce. One goal of scholarly concentration (SC) programs is to give students skills and motivation to pursue research careers. The authors describe SC and student variables that affect students' career plans. METHOD: Medical students graduating from the University of Chicago SC program in 2014 and 2015 were studied. The authors measured change in interest in career-long research from matriculation to graduation, and used ordinal logistic regression to determine whether program satisfaction, dissemination of scholarship, publication, and gender were associated with increased interest in a research career...
August 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746114/differences-across-illness-perceptions-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-their-relationships-to-psychological-distress-and-quality-of-life
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Davina Tribbick, Michael Salzberg, William Connell, Finlay Macrae, Michael Kamm, Glen Bates, Georgina Cunningham, David Austin, Simon Knowles
Patients with greater inflammatory bowel disease activity readily identify poorer psychosocial outcomes; however, the role of gender, disease type, and individual illness perceptions facets are less well known. This study aimed to characterize the role of illness perceptions, gender, and disease type on anxiety, depression, and quality of life. Eighty-one patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (39 men, mean age 35 years) attending a tertiary hospital outpatient clinic were studied. Questionnaires used included the Manitoba Index, the Brief Illness Perceptions Questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the World Health Organization Brief Quality of Life Scale...
July 2017: Gastroenterology Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745941/veterans-preferences-for-remote-management-of-chronic-conditions
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Erica Sedlander, Katherine C Barboza, Ashley Jensen, Nicole Skursky, Katelyn Bennett, Scott Sherman, Mark Schwartz
BACKGROUND: The Veterans Health Administration (VA) is investing considerable resources into providing remote management care to patients for disease prevention and management. Remote management includes online patient portals, e-mails between patients and providers, follow-up phone calls, and home health devices to monitor health status. However, little is known about patients' attitudes and preferences for this type of care. This qualitative study was conducted to better understand patient preferences for receiving remote care...
July 26, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745905/seroprevalence-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-healthy-voluntary-blood-donors-from-mashhad-city-iran
#18
Mehdi Zarean, Reza Shafiei, Maryam Gholami, Abdolmajid Fata, Mansour Rahmati Balaghaleh, Ashraf Kariminik, Farahnaz Tehranian, Ali Hasani, Arash Akhavan
OBJECTIVE: The present investigation aims to evaluate the prevalence of IgM and IgG anti-T. gondii antibodies and the associated risk factors among healthy blood donors in Mashhad city, Razavi Khorasan province, Iran. METHODS: We screened a total of 500 serum samples by census method from apparently healthy blood donors of the Mashhad Blood Transfusion Organization (MBTO) for IgG and IgM anti-T. gondii antibodies by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). RESULTS: We found that 29...
July 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745690/-gender-features-of-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-chronic-glomerulonephritis-at-the-pre-dialysis-stage-of-the-disease
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I T Murkamilov, K A Aitbaev, V V Fomin
AIM: To identify the gender differences of cardiovascular events in patients with chronic glomerulonephritis (CGN) at the pre-dialysis stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 170 patients (median age 40±11 years) with CGN who did not receive hemodialysis were examined. According to gender, all patients were divided into 2 groups: 1) 66 female patients with CGN; 2) 104 male patients with CGN. All the patients underwent general clinical examination and transthoracic echocardiography...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745438/functional-donor-site-morbidity-longer-than-one-year-after-fibula-free-flap-a-prospective-biomechanical-analysis
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Carsten Rendenbach, Ashkan Rashad, Lara Hansen, Carsten Kohlmeier, Moritz L Dyck, Anna Suling, Alexandre T Assaf, Michael Amling, Max Heiland, Johannes Wikner, Bjoern Riecke, Kilian Kreutzer
OBJECTIVES: The fibula free flap is the workhorse procedure for osseous reconstruction. The objective of this study was to investigate long-term functional outcomes of the harvesting site. PATIENTS AND METHODS: About 19 patients (10 male, 9 female, mean age 58.1 years) were available for the long-term analysis 13-51 months after surgery. Jumping mechanography and balance testing on a ground force reaction plate (Leonardo Mechanograph GFRP) were performed before and surgery...
July 26, 2017: Microsurgery
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