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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655182/longitudinal-changes-in-mean-and-pulse-pressure-and-all-cause-mortality-data-from-71-629-untreated-normotensive-individuals
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Athanase D Protogerou, Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Frederique Thomas, Yi Zhang, Bruno Pannier, Jacques Blacher, Michel E Safar
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure (BP) includes a steady (mean arterial pressure, MAP) and a pulsatile component that independently predict mortality. The association between longitudinal changes in central (c) pulse pressure (PP), brachial (b) PP, MAP, and incident mortality has never been investigated in this context. METHODS: Brachial MAP and PP were measured at 2 routine checkups (1st visit 1992; mean interval, 5.8 ± 2.4 years) in 71,629 individuals, age 16-95 years, none on antihypertensive drugs...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655175/associations-of-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitor-treatment-with-reduced-mortality-in-alzheimer-s-disease-a-retrospective-survival-analysis
#2
Christoph Mueller, Gayan Perera, Richard D Hayes, Hitesh Shetty, Robert Stewart
Background: dementia is increasingly recognised as life-limiting condition. Although the benefits of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) on cognition and function are well established, their effect on survival is less clear. Objective: to investigate associations between AChEI prescription and mortality in patients with Alzheimer's dementia (AD) in a naturalistic setting, using detailed baseline data on cognition, functioning, and mental and physical wellbeing...
June 24, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655169/hospital-at-home-integrated-care-programme-for-the-management-of-disabling-health-crises-in-older-patients-comparison-with-bed-based-intermediate-care
#3
Miquel À Mas, Marco Inzitari, Sergi Sabaté, Sebastià J Santaeugènia, Ramón Miralles
Objective: to analyse the clinical impact of a home-based Intermediate Care model in the Catalan health system, comparing it with usual bed-based care. Design: quasi-experimental longitudinal study. Setting: hospital Municipal de Badalona and El Carme Intermediate Care Hospital, Badalona, Catalonia, Spain. Participants: we included older patients with medical and orthopaedic disabling health crises in need of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and rehabilitation...
June 24, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655162/the-role-of-older-persons-environment-in-aging-well-quality-of-life-illness-and-community-context-in-south-africa
#4
Margaret Ralston
Purpose of the Study: This article evaluates the influence of local district conditions on subjective quality of life of older South African adults. Policymakers increasingly recognize that "successful" aging policies must not only address physical health needs but also factors that influence subjective well-being. Design and Methods: To investigate the influence of area-level distribution of "public goods" on well-being in a low- and middle-income setting, nationally representative WHO-Study of Global AGEing and Adult Health (WHO-SAGE) survey data is combined with district-level data that captures built resources and health system distribution...
June 24, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655159/two-distinct-metacommunities-characterize-the-gut-microbiota-in-crohn-s-disease-patients
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Qing He, Yuan Gao, Zhuye Jie, Xinlei Yu, Janne Marie Laursen, Liang Xiao, Ying Li, Lingling Li, Faming Zhang, Qiang Feng, Xiaoping Li, Jinghong Yu, Chuan Liu, Ping Lan, Ting Yan, Xin Liu, Xun Xu, Huanming Yang, Jian Wang, Lise Madsen, Susanne Brix, Jianping Wang, Karsten Kristiansen, Huijue Jia
Background: The inflammatory intestinal disorder Crohn's disease (CD) has become a health challenge worldwide. The gut microbiota closely interacts with the host immune system, but its functional impact in CD is unclear. Except for studies on a small number of CD patients, analyses of the gut microbiota in CD have used 16S rDNA amplicon sequencing. Here we employed metagenomic shotgun sequencing to provide a detailed characterization of the compositional and functional features of the CD microbiota, comprising also unannotated bacteria, and investigated its modulation by exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN)...
June 26, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655158/coretracker-accurate-codon-reassignment-prediction-applied-to-mitochondrial-genomes
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Noutahi Emmanuel, Calderon Virginie, Blanchette Mathieu, Lang B Franz, El-Mabrouk Nadia
Motivation: Codon reassignments have been reported across all domains of life. With the increasing number of sequenced genomes, the development of systematic approaches for genetic code detection is essential for accurate downstream analyses. Three automated prediction tools exist so far: FACIL, GenDecoder and Bagheera; the last two respectively restricted to metazoan mitochondrial genomes and CUG reassignments in yeast nuclear genomes. These tools can only analyze a single genome at a time and are often not followed by a validation procedure, resulting in a high rate of false positives...
June 26, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655157/neuroinflammation-and-tau-interact-with-amyloid-in-predicting-sleep-problems-in-aging-independently-of-atrophy
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Anders Martin Fjell, Ane-Victoria Idland, Roser Sala-Llonch, Leiv Otto Watne, Tom Borza, Anne Brækhus, Tarjei Lona, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Torgeir Bruun Wyller, Kristine Beate Walhovd
Sleep problems relate to brain changes in aging and disease, but the mechanisms are unknown. Studies suggest a relationship between β-amyloid (Aβ) accumulation and sleep, which is likely augmented by interactions with multiple variables. Here, we tested how different cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers for brain pathophysiology, brain atrophy, memory function, and depressive symptoms predicted self-reported sleep patterns in 91 cognitively healthy older adults over a 3-year period. The results showed that CSF levels of total- and phosphorylated (P) tau, and YKL-40-a marker of neuroinflammation/astroglial activation-predicted poor sleep in Aβ positive older adults...
June 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655143/air-pollution-and-cardiometabolic-disease-an-update-and-call-for-clinical-trials
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Robert D Brook, David E Newby, Sanjay Rajagopalan
Fine particulate matter <2.5 µm (PM2.5) air pollution is a leading cause of global morbidity and mortality. The largest portion of deaths is now known to be due to cardiovascular disorders. Several air pollutants can trigger acute events (e.g., myocardial infarctions, strokes, heart failure). However, mounting evidence additionally supports that longer-term exposures pose a greater magnified risk to cardiovascular health. One explanation may be that PM2.5 has proven capable of promoting the development of chronic cardiometabolic conditions including atherosclerosis, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus...
June 24, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655132/fstl1-contributes-to-tumor-progression-via-attenuating-apoptosis-in-a-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-dependent-manner-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Wei Yang, Yaqi Wu, Cong Wang, Zhikui Liu, Meng Xu, Xin Zheng
BACKGROUND: Several investigations have demonstrated that follistatin-like 1 (FSTL1) is implicated in the initiation and progression of diverse cancers. It remains unclear whether FSTL1 acted as a cancer-promoting gene through its overexpression in HCC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We detected FSTL1 protein expression in 210 consecutive HCC cases curatively resected in our hospital between 2004 and 2007. The correlation between FSTL1 expression in HCC tissues and post-surgical prognosis of HCCs was analyzed...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655127/depression-screening-by-physical-therapists-practices-beliefs-barriers
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Patricia Fay, Susan L Edmond, Julia K Baron, Michelle Joshi
BACKGROUND: Depression, a common comorbidity encountered in physical therapy (PT) practice, negatively impacts outcomes. There is limited knowledge of PT practice patterns relative to screening for depression. OBJECTIVE: Objectives were to describe beliefs regarding depression, and identify practice patterns and perceived barriers regarding screening for depression among APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) PTs. METHODS: Surveys were distributed to all PT OCSs in the US; 416 responses were analyzed...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655113/application-of-enhanced-gas-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-mass-spectrometry-for-monitoring-petroleum-weathering-and-forensic-source-fingerprinting-in-samples-impacted-by-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill
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Puspa L Adhikari, Roberto L Wong, Edward B Overton
Accurate characterization of petroleum hydrocarbons in complex and weathered oil residues is analytically challenging. This is primarily due to chemical compositional complexity of both the oil residues and environmental matrices, and the lack of instrumental selectivity due to co-elution of interferences with the target analytes. To overcome these analytical selectivity issues, we used an enhanced resolution gas chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry in Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) mode (GC/MS/MS-MRM) to eliminate interferences within the ion chromatograms of target analytes found in environmental samples...
June 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655096/-a-retrospective-analysis-of-prognosis-in-favorable-risk-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-with-different-consolidation-regimens
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H Y Wang, X B Bao, X W Tang, A N Sun, D P Wu, H X Zhou, H Y Qiu
Objective: To explore the impact on prognosis in favorable-risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients with different consolidation regimens after first complete remission (CR(1)). Methods: A total of 107 cases of non-refractory adult AML from January 2010 to June 2015 in single center were enrolled in the study. HD-Ara-C group (38 cases) as the control group, we explore the prognosis in three consolidation regimens, including micro-transplantation (16 cases) , autologous transplantation (auto-PBSCT, 14 cases) , allogeneic transplantation (allo-HSCT, 39 cases)...
June 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655093/-long-term-follow-up-of-multiple-myeloma-after-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-single-center-results
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W W Sui, D H Zou, G An, S H Yi, S H Deng, W Y Huang, T Y Wang, J Li, H Liu, M W Fu, R Lyu, W Liu, Y Xu, Z J Li, Y Z Zhao, L G Qiu
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and long-term outcome of a combined protocol for multiple myeloma (MM) , including induction therapy, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT) and consolidation and maintenance therapy. Methods: Clinical records of 144 patients with MM from January 1, 2005 to February 1, 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Results: The overall response rate (ORR) after ASCT was 100.0%, in which the complete remission (CR) was 64.1% and the best treatment response rate of superior to PR was 89...
June 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655092/-evaluation-of-clinical-characteristics-myd88-l265p-mutation-cxcr4-whim-mutation-and-prognosis-in-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia-a-single-center-retrospective-study-of-93-patients
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X X Cao, Q Meng, H Cai, Y Y Mao, M H Duan, T N Zhu, W Zhang, B Han, J L Zhuang, H C Cai, M Chen, J Feng, X Han, Y Zhang, C Yang, L Zhang, D B Zhou, J Li
Objective: To evaluate the clinical characteristics, MYD88(L265P) mutation, CXCR4(W)HIM mutation and prognosis in patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM). Methods: The clinical characteristics, International Prognostic Scoring System for symptomatic WM (WPSS) , and overall survival (OS) were retrospectively assayed in 93 patients with newly diagnosed WM at Peking Union Medical College Hospital during January 2000 to August 2016. The MYD88(L265P) mutation and CXCR4(W)HIM mutation were tested among 34 patients...
June 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655082/-impact-of-the-2016-new-definition-and-classification-system-of-pancreatic-fistula-on-the-evaluation-of-pancreatic-fistula-after-pancreatic-surgery
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X L Han, J Xu, W M Wu, M H Dai, T P Zhang, Q Liao, G Chen, J C Guo, W B Wang, L Cong, Y P Zhao
Objective: To discuss the impact of updated definition and classification system of pancreatic fistula published in 2016 on the postoperative classification of pancreatic fistula. Methods: Retrospective analysis was made on patients who underwent pancreatic surgery at ward 1 in Department of General Surgery, Peking Union Medical College Hospital from January 2015 to December 2016.A total of 408 patients were included in this retrospective study, male/female was 184/224, aged from 9 to 81 years with mean age of 51...
July 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655068/potential-impact-of-screening-for-fatty-liver-disease-by-transient-elastography-with-liver-stiffness-and-controlled-attenuation-parameter-measurements-a-pilot-study
#16
Moritz Peiseler, Anna Creutzfeldt, Insa Cassens, Claudia Glaubke, Claudia Kroll, Ansgar W Lohse, Christina Weiler-Normann
Background The prevalence of chronic liver diseases is high in developed countries, and the leading causes are amenable to prevention. The German Lebertag is to increase awareness of the burden of chronic liver diseases in the general public. We performed a pilot study using transient elastography with liver stiffness measurement (LSM) and the controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) as a screening tool for previously unrecognized liver diseases. Patients and methods LSM and CAP was performed in 60 individuals, and participants filled in a questionnaire reporting basic characteristics and past medical history...
June 27, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655066/-initial-experience-with-uniportal-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-for-anatomical-lung-resections-a-propensity-score-study-and-an-observational-assessment-of-the-learning-curve
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Davor Stamenovic, Antje Messerschmidt, Tillmann Jahn, Thomas Schneider
Introduction Uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (UVATS) for anatomical lung resections has gained popularity of late. This study aimed to elucidate the impediments to implementing the uniportal access method into the daily routine of VATS lung resections. To this end, we reviewed our initial experience and evaluated our progress. Methods From January to May 2016, 24 consecutive UVATS anatomical lung resections (UVATS group) were performed by a single surgeon without any previous experience in UVATS surgery...
June 27, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655065/impact-of-acute-intestinal-ischemia-and-reperfusion-injury-on-hemodynamics-and-remote-organs-in-a-rat-model
#18
Meng Wang, Rabea Verhaegh, Konstantinos Tsagakis, Lisa Brencher, Denise Zwanziger, Heinz G Jakob, Herbert de Groot, Daniel-Sebastian Dohle
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June 27, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655060/biomarkers-and-surrogate-endpoints-in-uveitis-the-impact-of-quantitative-imaging
#19
Alastair K Denniston, Pearse A Keane, Sunil K Srivastava
Purpose: Uveitis is a major cause of sight loss across the world. The reliable assessment of intraocular inflammation in uveitis ('disease activity') is essential in order to score disease severity and response to treatment. In this review, we describe how 'quantitative imaging', the approach of using automated analysis and measurement algorithms across both standard and emerging imaging modalities, can develop objective instrument-based measures of disease activity. Methods: This is a narrative review based on searches of the current world literature using terms related to quantitative imaging techniques in uveitis, supplemented by clinical trial registry data, and expert knowledge of surrogate endpoints and outcome measures in ophthalmology...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655043/the-impact-of-feedback-frequency-on-performance-in-a-novel-speech-motor-learning-task
#20
Mara Steinberg Lowe, Adam Buchwald
Purpose: This study investigated whether whole nonword accuracy, phoneme accuracy, and acoustic duration measures were influenced by the amount of feedback speakers without impairment received during a novel speech motor learning task. Method: Thirty-two native English speakers completed a nonword production task across 3 time points: practice, short-term retention, and long-term retention. During practice, participants received knowledge of results feedback according to a randomly assigned schedule (100%, 50%, 20%, or 0%)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
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