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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150906/pretreatment-advanced-lung-cancer-inflammation-index-ali-for-predicting-early-progression-in-nivolumab-treated-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Takayuki Shiroyama, Hidekazu Suzuki, Motohiro Tamiya, Akihiro Tamiya, Ayako Tanaka, Norio Okamoto, Kenji Nakahama, Yoshihiko Taniguchi, Shun-Ichi Isa, Takako Inoue, Fumio Imamura, Shinji Atagi, Tomonori Hirashima
Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression status is inadequate for indicating nivolumab in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Because the baseline advanced lung cancer inflammation index (ALI) is reportedly associated with patient outcomes, we investigated whether the pretreatment ALI is prognostic in NSCLC patients treated with nivolumab. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all patients treated with nivolumab for advanced NSCLC between December 2015 and May 2016 at three Japanese institutes...
November 18, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149210/development-and-validation-of-open-source-software-for-dna-mixture-interpretation-based-on-a-quantitative-continuous-model
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Sho Manabe, Chie Morimoto, Yuya Hamano, Shuntaro Fujimoto, Keiji Tamaki
In criminal investigations, forensic scientists need to evaluate DNA mixtures. The estimation of the number of contributors and evaluation of the contribution of a person of interest (POI) from these samples are challenging. In this study, we developed a new open-source software "Kongoh" for interpreting DNA mixture based on a quantitative continuous model. The model uses quantitative information of peak heights in the DNA profile and considers the effect of artifacts and allelic drop-out. By using this software, the likelihoods of 1-4 persons' contributions are calculated, and the most optimal number of contributors is automatically determined; this differs from other open-source software...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148421/a-validation-study-of-the-simple-psoriatic-arthritis-screening-sipas-questionnaire-to-screen-psoriasis-patients-for-psoriatic-arthritis
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Fausto Salaffi, Marco Di Carlo, Michele Maria Luchetti, Eleonora Di Donato, Anna Campanati, Devis Benfaremo, Massimiliano Nicolini, Marina Carotti, Alfredo Giacchetti, Giulia Ganzetti, Leonardo Bugatti, Armando Gabrielli, Anna Maria Offidani
OBJECTIVES: To validate in a multicentric cohort of patients a self-administered PsA screening tool, called Simple Psoriatic Arthritis Screening (SiPAS) questionnaire, to screen psoriasis patients for signs and symptoms of PsA. METHODS: The SiPAS questionnaire was validated in a multicentric Italian cohort of psoriasis patients referred to two rheumatological centres. RESULTS: A total of 202 psoriasis patients were screened with SiPAS in the validation study...
November 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147645/real-world-cure-rates-for-hepatitis-c-virus-treatments-that-include-simeprevir-and-or-sofosbuvir-are-comparable-to-clinical-trial-results
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Kian Bichoupan, Neeta Tandon, James F Crismale, Joshua Hartman, David Del Bello, Neal Patel, Sweta Chekuri, Alyson Harty, Michel Ng, Keith M Sigel, Meena B Bansal, Priya Grewal, Charissa Y Chang, Jennifer Leong, Gene Y Im, Lawrence U Liu, Joseph A Odin, Nancy Bach, Scott L Friedman, Thomas D Schiano, Ponni V Perumalswami, Douglas T Dieterich, Andrea D Branch
AIM: To assess the real-world effectiveness and cost of simeprevir (SMV), and/or sofosbuvir (SOF)-based therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. METHODS: The real-world performance of patients treated with SMV/SOF ± ribavirin (RBV), SOF/RBV, and SOF/RBV with pegylated-interferon (PEG) were analyzed in a consecutive series of 508 patients with chronic HCV infection treated at a single academic medical center. Patients with genotypes 1 through 4 were included...
November 12, 2017: World Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146682/magnitude-of-soluble-st2-as-a-novel-biomarker-for-acute-aortic-dissection
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Yuan Wang, Xin Tan, Hai Gao, Hui Yuan, Rong Hu, Lixin Jia, Junming Zhu, Lizhong Sun, Hongjia Zhang, Lianjun Huang, Dong Zhao, Pei Gao, Jie Du
Background -Misdiagnosis of acute aortic dissection (AAD) can lead to significant morbidity and death. Soluble ST2 (sST2) is a cardiovascular injury-related biomarker. The extent to which sST2 is elevated in AAD and whether sST2 can discriminate AAD from other causes of sudden-onset severe chest pain is unknown. Methods -We measured plasma concentrations of sST2 (R&D systems assay) in 1360 patients, including 1027 participants in the retrospective discovery set and 333 patients with initial suspicion of AAD enrolled in the prospective validation cohort...
November 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145583/association-between-the-severity-of-diabetic-retinopathy-and-falls-in-an-asian-population-with-diabetes-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
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Preeti Gupta, Amudha Aravindhan, Alfred T L Gan, Ryan E K Man, Eva K Fenwick, Paul Mitchell, Nicholas Tan, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng, Ecosse L Lamoureux
Importance: The presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy (DR) may contribute to the risk of falling in persons with diabetes, but evidence is currently equivocal. Objective: To investigate the associations of diabetes and DR severity with the likelihood of falls in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cross-sectional post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of participants from 3 ethnic groups (3280 Malay, 3400 Indian, and 3353 Chinese individuals) conducted from 2004 to 2011...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144823/the-relationship-of-braf-v600e-mutation-status-to-fdg-pet-ct-avidity-in-thyroid-cancer-a-review-and-meta-analysis
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Prasanna Santhanam, Rodhan Khthir, Lilja B Solnes, Paul W Ladenson
OBJECTIVES: Papillary thyroid cancers harboring BRAF (V600E) gene mutation have been shown to exhibit aggressive tumor behaviors and higher risks of recurrence and disease-specific death. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we examine and report published evidence related to the accuracy of FDG-PET-CT in detection of residual disease in patients' with BRAF (V600E) mutated thyroid cancer. METHODS: We extracted data from PUBMED/MEDLINE and EMBASE from January, 1995 to March, 2017...
November 16, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143731/the-treatment-of-depression-in-primary-care
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Sebastian Trautmann, Katja Beesdo-Baum
BACKGROUND: General practitioners play a key role in the care of patients with depressive disorders. We studied the frequency and type of treatment of depressive disorders in primary care. METHODS: In a cross-sectional epidemiological study on a particular day in six different regions in Germany, 253 physicians and 3563 unselected patients were asked to fill in a questionnaire assessing the diagnosis and treatment of depression. A total of 3431 usable patient data sets and 3211 sets of usable data from both the patient and the physician were subjected to further analysis...
October 27, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143088/the-association-of-preoperative-hematocrit-and-transfusion-with-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-elective-non-cardiac-surgery
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Rodney A Gabriel, Anthony I Clark, Albert P Nguyen, Ruth S Waterman, Ulrich H Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Patients with anemia frequently undergo surgery, as it is unclear at what threshold clinicians should consider delaying surgery for preoperative anemia optimization. The primary objective of this study was to determine whether there is an association of varying degrees of anemia and transfusion with 30-day mortality. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database from 2011 to 2013...
November 15, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142633/risk-factors-of-delayed-surgical-intervention-after-conservatively-treated-acute-traumatic-subdural-hematoma
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Hyungjoo Kwon, Kyu-Sun Choi, Hyeong-Joong Yi, Hyoung-Joon Chun, Young-Jun Lee, Dong-Won Kim
Objective: Acute subdural hematoma (ASDH) is generally considered a condition that should be managed surgically. However, some patients initially receive conservative treatment, a subset of whom require surgical intervention later. This study aimed to evaluate the predictors of delayed surgical intervention in ASDH patients who are initially managed conservatively. Methods: From January 2007 to December 2015, 842 patients diagnosed with ASDH were treated at our institution...
November 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141744/nonadherence-to-antituberculosis-medications-the-impact-of-stigma-and-depressive-symptoms
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Shijiao Yan, Shengchao Zhang, Yeqing Tong, Xiaoxv Yin, Zuxun Lu, Yanhong Gong
Medication nonadherence is common among tuberculosis (TB) patients in China and is of great concern. Herein, we determined the incidence of nonadherence in TB patients in central China and the impact of stigma and depressive symptoms on adherence; these issues are relatively unexplored. A cross-sectional survey was performed, and 1,342 TB patients were recruited from TB dispensaries in three counties in Hubei province using a multistage sampling method. The patients completed structured questionnaires that addressed medication adherence, TB-related stigma, and depressive symptoms...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141717/diagnostic-accuracy-of-global-pharma-health-fund-minilab%C3%A2-in-assessing-pharmacopoeial-quality-of-antimicrobials
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Hui Pan, William Ba-Thein
Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF) Minilab™, a semi-quantitative thin-layer chromatography (TLC)-based commercially available test kit, is widely used in drug quality surveillance globally, but its diagnostic accuracy is unclear. We investigated the diagnostic accuracy of minilab system for antimicrobials, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as reference standard. Following the Minilab protocols and the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China protocols, Minilab-TLC and HPLC were used to test five common antimicrobials (506 batches) for relative concentration of active pharmaceutical ingredients...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141473/development-of-a-nomogram-for-prediction-of-successful-membrane-sweeping
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Rani Haj Yahya, Yossef Ezra, Vincenzo Berghella, Shmuel Herzberg, Myriam Safrai, Adi Reuveni Salzman, Weissam Abu Ahmad, Doron Kabiri
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of obstetric, maternal, and fetal variables with successful membrane sweeping and to develop a calculator that can predict spontaneous delivery within 24 hours of membrane sweeping. METHODS: This secondary analysis of the STRIP-G Study included all singleton term parturients who underwent membrane sweeping in a tertiary center in October 2011 - July 2013. Primary end point was a 24-hour time interval from sweeping to delivery...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141327/-gender-differences-in-stressful-life-events-and-depression-in-chinese-adults-aged-30-79-years
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M Wu, J C Li, C Q Yu, Y P Chen, J Lyu, Y Guo, Z Bian, Y L Tan, P Pei, J S Chen, Z M Chen, L M Li
Objective: To investigate gender specific differences in the association between stressful life events (SLEs) and depression in Chinese adults aged 30-79 years. Methods: In the baseline survey during 2004-2008, the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB) recruited 512 891 men and women aged 30-79 years from 10 areas of China. Detailed information on SLEs, including demographic and socio-economic status, smoking, alcohol drinking and history of chronic disease, as well as depression symptoms and major depressive episodes (MDEs) in preceding 12 months, was collected by using standardized questionnaire...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140894/incontinence-associated-dermatitis-and-immobility-as-pressure-injury-risk-factors-a-multisite-epidemiologic-analysis
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Mikel Gray, Karen K Giuliano
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to measure the prevalence of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) among incontinent persons in the acute care setting, characteristics of IAD in this group, and associations among IAD, urinary, fecal, and dual incontinence, immobility, and pressure injury in the sacral area. DESIGN: Descriptive and correlational analysis of data from a large database of IAD, and pressure injuries of sacral area and heels. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The sample comprised 5342 adult patients in acute care facilities in 36 states representing all regions of the United States...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140454/gestational-age-specific-perinatal-mortality-rates-for-assisted-reproductive-technology-art-and-other-births
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Abrar A Chughtai, Alex Y Wang, Lisa Hilder, Zhuoyang Li, Kei Lui, Cindy Farquhar, Elizabeth A Sullivan
STUDY QUESTION: Is perinatal mortality rate higher among births born following assisted reproductive technology (ART) compared to non-ART births? SUMMARY ANSWER: Overall perinatal mortality rates in ART births was higher compared to non-ART births, but gestational age-specific perinatal mortality rate of ART births was lower for very preterm and moderate to late preterm births. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Births born following ART are reported to have higher risk of adverse perinatal outcomes compared to non-ART births...
November 13, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139110/unconditional-cash-transfers-for-reducing-poverty-and-vulnerabilities-effect-on-use-of-health-services-and-health-outcomes-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Frank Pega, Sze Yan Liu, Stefan Walter, Roman Pabayo, Ruhi Saith, Stefan K Lhachimi
BACKGROUND: Unconditional cash transfers (UCTs; provided without obligation) for reducing poverty and vulnerabilities (e.g. orphanhood, old age or HIV infection) are a type of social protection intervention that addresses a key social determinant of health (income) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The relative effectiveness of UCTs compared with conditional cash transfers (CCTs; provided so long as the recipient engages in prescribed behaviours such as using a health service or attending school) is unknown...
November 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138575/micrornas-as-a-novel-class-of-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-the-detection-of-osteosarcoma-a-meta-analysis
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Hong Liu, Ping Li, Liang Chen, Chao Jian, Zonghuan Li, Aixi Yu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been considered as promising diagnostic biomarkers for many diseases, especially for cancers. Numerous studies have reported the value of miRNAs in the diagnosis of osteosarcoma (OS), but the results vary greatly across different studies. Therefore, we conducted this meta-analysis to assess the prospective diagnostic value of miRNAs in diagnosing OS. All relevant articles from prior to July 28, 2017 were selected from PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, and Wan-fang databases...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137803/dietary-fiber-intake-and-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Baozhu Wei, Yang Liu, Xuan Lin, Ying Fang, Jing Cui, Jing Wan
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Epidemiological studies show inconsistent findings on the association of dietary fiber intake with risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS). Herein, we aim to conduct a meta-analysis of published studies to determine the role of dietary fiber in prevention of MetS. METHODS: A systematical search in PubMed and Embase databases through December 2016, together with reference scrutiny of relevant literature, was performed to identify studies for inclusion...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137611/diagnostic-validity-and-triage-concordance-of-a-physiotherapist-compared-to-physicians-diagnoses-for-common-knee-disorders
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S Décary, M Fallaha, B Pelletier, P Frémont, J Martel-Pelletier, J-P Pelletier, D E Feldman, M-P Sylvestre, P-A Vendittoli, F Desmeules
BACKGROUND: Emergence of more autonomous roles for physiotherapists warrants more evidence regarding their diagnostic capabilities. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate diagnostic and surgical triage concordance between a physiotherapist and expert physicians and to assess the diagnostic validity of the physiotherapist's musculoskeletal examination (ME) without imaging. METHODS: This is a prospective diagnostic study where 179 consecutive participants consulting for any knee complaint were independently diagnosed and triaged by two evaluators: a physiotherapist and one expert physician (orthopaedic surgeons or sport medicine physicians)...
November 14, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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