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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332328/carcinoembryonic-antigen-and-carbohydrate-antigen-19-9-serum-levels-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Nikolaos Tsoukalas, Ioannis D Kostakis, Constantinos Giaginis, Maria Tolia, Michail Galanopoulos, Maria Kiakou, Eleni Aravantinou-Fatorou, Konstantinos Tsapakidis, Panagiotis Baxevanos, Ioannis Litos, Vasiliki Tzouda, Alexandros Tzovaras, George Kyrgias, Evangelos Tsiambas, Stamatios Theocharis
PURPOSE: Τo investigate the potential diagnostic and prognostic role of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) serum levels in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: One hundred consecutive patients with newly diagnosed primary NSCLC were included in this study (88 men and 12 women). Blood was drawn before any kind of treatment and the collected serum was processed using chemiluminescence in order CEA and CA 19-9 levels to be measured...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332323/development-of-prediction-equation-of-diffusing-capacity-of-lung-for-koreans
#2
Yong Il Hwang, Yong Bum Park, Hyoung Kyu Yoon, Seong Yong Lim, Tae Hyung Kim, Joo Hun Park, Won Yeon Lee, Seong Ju Park, Sei Won Lee, Woo Jin Kim, Ki Uk Kim, Kyeong Cheol Shin, Do Jin Kim, Hui Jung Kim, Tae Eun Kim, Kwang Ha Yoo, Jae Jeong Shim
BACKGROUND: The diffusing capacity of the lung is influenced by multiple factors such as age, sex, height, weight, ethnicity and smoking status. Although a prediction equation for the diffusing capacity of Korea was proposed in the mid-1980s, this equation is not used currently. The aim of this study was to develop a new prediction equation for the diffusing capacity for Koreans. METHODS: Using the data of the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a total of 140 nonsmokers with normal chest X-rays were enrolled in this study...
January 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332236/child-desire-among-men-and-women-living-with-hiv-aids-in-the-traditional-culture-of-vietnam
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Bach Xuan Tran, Ha Dai Duong, Anh Quynh Nguyen, Linh Dieu Pham, Tung Thanh Tran, Carl A Latkin
In various settings, heterogeneity in fertility rates among HIV-affected couples highlights the importance of understanding contextual factors to inform program planning and implementation. We interviewed 1016 patients with HIV/AIDS at seven clinics in Vietnam to assess their desire to have a(nother) child and willingness to pay (WTP) for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) services. One-fifth of participants reported their desire for a(another) child and this was slightly higher among men than women...
January 13, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332235/do-diary-studies-cause-behavior-change-an-examination-of-reactivity-in-sexual-risk-and-substance-use-in-young-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Michael E Newcomb, Gregory Swann, David Mohr, Brian Mustanski
Behavioral diaries are frequently used for observing sexual and substance use behaviors, but participating in diary studies may cause behavior change. This study examined change in sexual and substance use behaviors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) in a two-month diary study compared to control. An analytic sample of 324 YMSM was randomized to receive daily diaries, weekly diaries, or no diaries (control) for 2 months. Half of the diary participants were randomized to receive automated weekly feedback...
January 13, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332211/testosterone-mediated-upregulation-of-delayed-rectifier-potassium-channel-in-cardiomyocytes-causes-abbreviation-of-qt-intervals-in-rats
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Kimiko Masuda, Hiroki Takanari, Masaki Morishima, FangFang Ma, Yan Wang, Naohiko Takahashi, Katsushige Ono
Men have shorter rate-corrected QT intervals (QTc) than women, especially at the period of adolescence or later. The aim of this study was to elucidate the long-term effects of testosterone on cardiac excitability parameters including electrocardiogram (ECG) and potassium channel current. Testosterone shortened QT intervals in ECG in castrated male rats, not immediately after, but on day 2 or later. Expression of Kv7.1 (KCNQ1) mRNA was significantly upregulated by testosterone in cardiomyocytes of male and female rats...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332197/identification-as-a-mutation-carrier-and-effects-on-life-according-to-experiences-of-finnish-male-brca1-2-mutation-carriers
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Outi Kajula, Outi Kuismin, Helvi Kyngäs
Earlier studies have explored post-identification experiences of male BRCA1/2 mutation carriers, but more detailed knowledge of both their experiences and effects of identification as a carrier on their lives is required to improve genetic counseling. Thus, the aim of this study was to acquire deeper and broader insights into their experiences. Qualitative data were collected from theme-based interviews with 31 men carrying BRCA1/2 mutations in Finland, and analyzed using inductive content analysis. Three categories of the participants' responses to identification as BRCA1/2 mutation carriers were identified (personal, offspring-related and related to other relatives), mainly concerning issues associated with cancer, hereditary transmission of their mutations, and life decisions...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332184/neurologic-complications-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Avi Fellner, Chen Makranz, Michal Lotem, Felix Bokstein, Alisa Taliansky, Shai Rosenberg, Deborah T Blumenthal, Jacob Mandel, Suzana Fichman, Elena Kogan, Israel Steiner, Tali Siegal, Alexander Lossos, Shlomit Yust-Katz
Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICPIs) have recently emerged as a novel treatment for cancer. These agents, transforming the field of oncology, are not devoid of toxicity and cause immune-related side effects which can involve any organ including the nervous system. In this study, we present 9 patients (7 men and 2 women) with neurologic complications secondary to ICPI treatment. These included meningoencephalitis, limbic encephalitis, polyradiculitis, cranial polyneuropathy, myasthenic syndrome and myositis...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332101/is-kinesio-taping-to-generate-skin-convolutions-effective-for-increasing-local-blood-circulation
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Jae-Man Yang, Jung-Hoon Lee
BACKGROUND It is unclear whether traditional application of Kinesio taping, which produces wrinkles in the skin, is effective for improving blood circulation. This study investigated local skin temperature changes after the application of an elastic therapeutic tape using convolution and non-convolution taping methods (CTM/NCTM). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-eight pain-free men underwent CTM and NCTM randomly applied to the right and left sides of the lower back. Using infrared thermography, skin temperature was measured before, immediately after application, 5 min later, 15 min later, and after the removal of the tape...
January 14, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332038/sex-influences-the-accuracy-of-subjective-memory-complaint-reporting-in-older-adults
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Erin E Sundermann, Emily C Edmonds, Lisa Delano-Wood, Douglas R Galasko, David P Salmon, Leah H Rubin, Mark W Bondi
Subjective memory complaints (SMC) are required when diagnosing amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), although their relationship with objective memory performance and Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology remains unclear. We investigated whether the sex of the patient/participant moderates these associations. Participants were 940 normal control (NC) and aMCI participants from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. SMC were assessed via the memory scale of the Everyday Cognition questionnaire. Discrepancy scores were calculated between self- and informant-reports and categorized into "overestimates," "comparable estimates", and "underestimates" of SMC...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331988/airflow-limitation-in-people-living-with-hiv-and-matched-uninfected-controls
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Andreas Ronit, Jens Lundgren, Shoaib Afzal, Thomas Benfield, Ashley Roen, Amanda Mocroft, Jan Gerstoft, Børge G Nordestgaard, Jørgen Vestbo, Susanne D Nielsen
INTRODUCTION: Whether HIV influences pulmonary function remains controversial. We assessed dynamic pulmonary function in people living with HIV (PLWHIV) and uninfected controls. METHODS: A total of 1098 PLWHIV from the Copenhagen Co-morbidity in HIV infection study and 12 161 age-matched and sex-matched controls from the Copenhagen General Population Study were included. Lung function was assessed using FEV1 and FVC, while airflow limitation was defined by the lower limit of normal (LLN) of FEV1/FVC and by FEV1/FVC<0...
January 13, 2018: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331986/sex-differences-in-impact-of-coronary-artery-calcification-to-predict-coronary-artery-disease
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Yoko M Nakao, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Masahiro Higashi, Teruo Noguchi, Mitsuru Ohishi, Isao Kubota, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Yutaka Furukawa, Michihiro Yoshimura, Hideaki Morita, Kunihiro Nishimura, Akiko Kada, Yoichi Goto, Tomonori Okamura, Chuwa Tei, Hitonobu Tomoike, Hiroaki Naito, Satoshi Yasuda
OBJECTIVE: To assess sex-specific differences regarding use of conventional risks and coronary artery calcification (CAC) to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA). METHODS: The Nationwide Gender-specific Atherosclerosis Determinants Estimation and Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease Prospective Cohort study is a prospective, multicentre, nationwide cohort study. Candidates with suspected CAD aged 50-74 years enrolled from 2008 to 2012...
January 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331977/clinical-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-spinal-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-a-prospective-cohort-study-in-two-chinese-centres
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Yongjie Ma, Sichang Chen, Chao Peng, Chunxiu Wang, Guilin Li, Chuan He, Ming Ye, Tao Hong, Lisong Bian, Jiang Liu, Zhichao Wang, Adnan I Qureshi, Feng Ling, Hongqi Zhang
BACKGROUND: The short-term outcomes and prognostic factors of patients with spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (SDAVFs) have not been defined in large cohorts. OBJECTIVE: To define the short-term clinical outcomes and prognostic factors in patients with SDAVFs. METHODS: A prospective cohort of 112 patients with SDAVFs were included consecutively in this study. The patients were serially evaluated with the modified Aminoff and Logue's Scale (mALS) one day before surgery and at 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after treatment...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331964/what-are-the-characteristics-of-vitamin-d-metabolism-in-opioid-dependence-an-exploratory-longitudinal-study-in-australian-primary-care
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Albert Stuart Reece, Gary Kenneth Hulse
OBJECTIVE: Compare vitamin D levels in opioid dependence and control population and adjust for relevant confounding effects. Nuclear hormone receptors (including the vitamin D receptor) have been shown to be key transducers and regulators of intracellular metabolism and comprise an important site of pathophysiological immune and metabolic dysregulation potentially contributing towards pro-ageing changes observed in opioid-dependent patients (ODPs). DESIGN: Longitudinal prospective comparing ODPs with general medical controls (GMCs)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331929/sex-related-differential-response-to-dexamethasone-in-endocrine-and-immune-measures-in-depressed-in-patients-and-healthy-controls
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Carina Rampp, Andreas Eichelkraut, Johanna Best, Darina Czamara, Monika Rex-Haffner, Manfred Uhr, Elisabeth B Binder, Andreas Menke
Although sex differences in major depression have been reported repeatedly, the underlying mechanisms are still disputed. The rapidly changing gonadal steroid concentrations of the postpartum period or during menopause have been shown to be associated with depressive symptoms and to modulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis, which is implicated in depression. The sample comprised of 128 depressed in-patients (36.7% women) and 166 healthy controls (30.0% women). Blood was collected at baseline (at 6pm) and then 3 h as well as 21 h after ingestion of 1...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331891/global-association-between-ambient-air-pollution-and-blood-pressure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Bo-Yi Yang, Zhengmin Qian, Steven W Howard, Michael G Vaughn, Shu-Jun Fan, Kang-Kang Liu, Guang-Hui Dong
Although numerous studies have investigated the association of ambient air pollution with hypertension and blood pressure (BP), the results were inconsistent. We performed a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of these studies. Seven international and Chinese databases were searched for studies examining the associations of particulate (diameter<2.5 μm (PM2.5), 2.5-10 μm (PM2.5-10) or >10 μm (PM10)) and gaseous (sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO)) air pollutants with hypertension or BP...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331801/stressful-life-events-relationship-stressors-and-cortisol-reactivity-the-moderating-role-of-suppression
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Lydia G Roos, Sara M Levens, Jeanette M Bennett
Stressful life events (SLEs) are exceedingly common and have been associated with a range of psychological disorders, perhaps through dysregulation in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The use of certain emotion regulation strategies in response to stress, such as expressive suppression and cognitive reappraisal, has additionally been linked to heightened HPA axis reactivity to acute stress. However, it is unclear how emotion regulation may interact with SLEs to affect HPA axis reactivity, particularly concerning relationship stressors (RSs)...
January 2, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331785/causal-nature-of-neighborhood-deprivation-on-individual-risk-of-coronary-heart-disease-or-ischemic-stroke-a-prospective-national-swedish-co-relative-control-study-in-men-and-women
#17
Per-Ola Forsberg, Henrik Ohlsson, Kristina Sundquist
We studied the association between neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) and incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) or ischemic stroke in the total population and in full- and half-siblings to determine whether these associations are causal or a result from familial confounding. Data were retrieved from nationwide Swedish registers containing individual clinical data linked to neighborhood of residence. After adjustment for individual SES, the association between neighborhood SES and CHD showed no decrease with increasing genetic resemblance, particularly in women...
January 10, 2018: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331772/alcohol-induced-risk-behaviors-among-brazilian-nightclub-patrons-a-latent-class-analysis
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A Sañudo, S Andreoni, Z M Sanchez
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to identify risk behavior profiles associated with alcohol consumption among patrons during or just after departure from nightclubs in São Paulo, Brazil. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: The study used a two-stage cluster sampling survey design. Data were collected on a probabilistic sample of nightclub patrons. Overall, 2422 patrons were interviewed at the entrance of 31 nightclubs. Latent class analysis (LCA) was used to identify risk behavior profiles with an emphasis on risky driving, fights, alcoholic blackouts, and harm and unsafe sex...
January 11, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331756/-you-re-repulsive-limits-to-acceptable-drunken-comportment-for-young-adults
#19
Sarah MacLean, Amy Pennay, Robin Room
BACKGROUND: Researchers have described a 'culture of intoxication' among young people. Yet drunkenness remains a socially risky practice with potential to evoke emotions of irritation and even disgust. We consider intoxicated practices that young adults in Melbourne, Australia, described as distasteful, to identify contemporary cultural forces that constrain intoxication and limit how it is enacted. METHOD: Interviews were conducted with 60 participants in Melbourne, Australia, each with recent drinking experience...
January 11, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331705/catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-functional-haplotype-is-associated-with-recurrence-of-affective-symptoms-a-prospective-birth-cohort-study
#20
Shinsuke Koike, Darya Gaysina, Peter B Jones, Andrew Wong, Marcus Richards
BACKGROUND: Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) polymorphisms play an essential role in dopamine availability in the brain. However, there has been no study investigating whether a functional four-SNP (rs6269-rs4633-rs4818-rs4680) haplotype is associated with affective symptoms over the life course. METHODS: We tested this using 2093 members of the Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development (MRC NSHD), who had been followed up since birth in 1946, and had data for COMT genotypes, adolescent emotional problems (age 13-15) and at least one measure of adult affective symptoms at ages 36, 43, 53, or 60-64 years...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
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