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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441856/-clinical-value-of-the-early-use-of-ulinastatin-in-patients-with-moderately-severe-or-severe-acute-pancreatitis
#1
J Wang, J Jin, J Huang, D R Li, Y Hao, J D Kong, Z Y Chu, J H Fu, F Huang
Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy and the effects on serum inflammatory factors of early use of ulinastatin in patients with moderately severe or severe acute pancreatitis (MSAP/SAP). Methods: This prospective, randomized, controlled trial was conducted in the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University from September 2013 to May 2016. A total of 42 cases were enrolled and assigned into either observation group or conventional treatment group (n=21 each). The conventional treatment group received somatostatin, while the observation group received somatostatin combined with ulinastatin...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441837/-characteristics-of-pre-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-diagnosed-during-pregnancy-and-the-effects-on-pregnancy-outcomes
#2
Y M Wei, H X Yang
Objective: To analyze the characteristics of pre-gestational diabetes mellitus (PGDM) diagnosed during pregnancy (missed diagnosis before pregnancy), and to evaluate the effects of diagnostic time on pregnancy outcomes. Methods: A retrospective study of 746 pregnant women who were diagnosed PGDM and delivered in Peking University First Hospital from January 1st, 2005 to December 31st, 2015 was conducted. The patients were divided into 2 group. Those diagnosed PGDM before pregnancy were defined as Group diagnosed before pregnancy, and those diagnosed during pregnancy were defined as Group diagnosed during pregnancy...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441699/folic-acid-therapy-reduces-the-risk-of-mortality-associated-with-heavy-proteinuria-among-hypertensive-patients
#3
Youbao Li, Xianhui Qin, Lian Luo, Binyan Wang, Yong Huo, Fan Fan Hou, Xin Xu
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate whether proteinuria and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) levels can modify the efficacy of folic acid therapy on the risk of all-cause mortality among hypertensive patients in the China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial, a randomized, double-blind, and controlled trial. METHODS: A total of 20 702 hypertensive patients without a history of major cardiovascular diseases were randomly assigned to a double-blind daily treatment of a single tablet containing 10-mg enalapril and 0...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441697/hypertension-management-in-a-population-of-older-adults-in-rural-south-africa
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Thiago Veiga Jardim, Sheridan Reiger, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, F Xavier Gomez-Olive, Ryan G Wagner, Alisha Wade, Till W Bärnighausen, Joshua Salomon, Stephen Tollman, Thomas A Gaziano
OBJECTIVE: Assess awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension, as an indication of its management, in rural South Africa, especially regarding modifiers of these variables. METHODS: A population-representative sample of adults aged at least 40 years residing in the rural Agincourt subdistrict (Mpumalanga Province) covered by a long-term health and sociodemographic surveillance system was recruited. In-person interviews, physical exams, and dried blood spots were collected...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441681/complications-and-mortality-following-one-to-two-level-anterior-cervical-fusion-for-cervical-spondylosis-in-patients-above-80-years-of-age
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Varun Puvanesarajah, Amit Jain, Adam L Shimer, Anuj Singla, Francis Shen, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective database review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the complication and mortality rates in patients 80 years of age and older who were treated with anterior cervical fusion surgery and to compare these rates against those of other elderly patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cervical spondylosis is frequently observed in the elderly and is the most common cause of myelopathy in older adults. With increasing life expectancies, a greater proportion of patients are being treated with spine surgery at a later age...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441628/potassium-deficiency-affects-the-carbon-nitrogen-balance-in-cotton-leaves
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Wei Hu, Taylor D Coomer, Dimitra A Loka, Derrick M Oosterhuis, Zhiguo Zhou
Potassium (K) plays important roles in the metabolism of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), but studies of K deficiency affecting C-N balance are lacking. This study explored the influence of K deficiency on C-N interaction in cotton leaves by conducting a field experiment with cotton cultivar DP0912 under two K rates (K0: 0 kg K2O ha(-1) and K67: 67 kg K2O ha(-1)) and a controlled environment experiment with K-deficient solution (K1: 0 mM K(+)) and K-sufficient solution (K2: 6 mM K(+)). The results showed that leaf K content, leaf number, leaf area, boll number, reproductive dry weight and total dry weight were significant lower under K deficiency (K0 or K1)...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441603/assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-compliance-with-decreasing-ammonia-discharge-limits-using-a-regression-tree-model
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Bihu Suchetana, Balaji Rajagopalan, JoAnn Silverstein
A regression tree-based diagnostic approach is developed to evaluate factors affecting US wastewater treatment plant compliance with ammonia discharge permit limits using Discharge Monthly Report (DMR) data from a sample of 106 municipal treatment plants for the period of 2004-2008. Predictor variables used to fit the regression tree are selected using random forests, and consist of the previous month's effluent ammonia, influent flow rates and plant capacity utilization. The tree models are first used to evaluate compliance with existing ammonia discharge standards at each facility and then applied assuming more stringent discharge limits, under consideration in many states...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441583/randomized-controlled-trial-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-combined-with-paroxetine-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-first-episode-major-depressive-disorder
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Yu-Mei Wang, Ning Li, Lin-Lin Yang, Mei Song, Le Shi, Wen-Hao Chen, Su-Xia Li, Xue-Yi Wang, Lin Lu
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been introduced as a new and effective treatment option for major depression. This paper examined the effectiveness of rTMS on first episode depressed patients when combined with antidepressant drugs. A random sample of forty-three first-episode depressed patients received active or sham rTMS to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and concomitantly took paroxetine for 4 weeks, and paroxetine monotherapy for 4 weeks afterwards. Response was defined as a ≥50% decrease on the total Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) from the baseline, and remission was defined as an HDRS total residual score <8...
April 8, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441522/feeling-safe-but-appearing-anxious-differential-effects-of-alcohol-on-anxiety-and-social-performance-in-individuals-with-social-anxiety-disorder
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Stephan Stevens, Ruth Cooper, Trisha Bantin, Christiane Hermann, Alexander L Gerlach
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and alcohol use disorders (AUD) co-occur frequently and there is preliminary evidence that alcohol might reduce social anxiety. It is, however, unclear which mechanisms contribute to the anxiety reducing effect, particularly regarding key aspects of social anxiety such as deficits in social performance. We compared self-rated and physiological measures of anxiety as well as self- and observer-rated social performance in a sample of 62 individuals with SAD and 60 nonanxious control participants during a speech task after receiving either alcohol, an alcohol-free placebo drink or orange juice...
April 18, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441508/cyberknife-for-treatment-of-vestibular-schwannoma-a-meta-analysis
#10
Hossein Mahboubi, Ronald Sahyouni, Omid Moshtaghi, Kent Tadokoro, Yaser Ghavami, Kasra Ziai, Harrison W Lin, Hamid R Djalilian
Objectives (1) Perform a meta-analysis of the available data on the outcomes of CyberKnife radiosurgery for treatment of vestibular schwannomas (VSs) in the published English-language literature and (2) evaluate the collective outcomes of CyberKnife treatment with respect to tumor control and hearing preservation. Data Sources A thorough literature search of published English-language articles was performed in the PubMed, Ovid, and Cochrane databases. Review Methods A database search was conducted with the keywords "CyberKnife" and "vestibular schwannoma" or "acoustic neuroma...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441503/robust-uniform-and-highly-emissive-quantum-dot-polymer-films-and-patterns-using-thiol-ene-chemistry
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Markus Smith, Sidney T Malak, Jaehan Jung, Young Jun Yoon, Chun Hao Lin, Sunghan Kim, Kyung Min Lee, Ruilong Ma, Timothy J White, Timothy J Bunning, Zhiqun Lin, Vladimir V Tsukruk
This work demonstrates a facile and versatile method for generating low scattering crosslinked quantum dots (QD)-polymer composite films and patterned highly emissive structures with ultra-high QD loading, minimal phase-separation, and tunable mechanical properties. Uniform QD-polymer films are fabricated using thiol-ene chemistry, in which cross-linked polymer networks are rapidly produced in ambient conditions via fast UV polymerization in bulk to suppress QD aggregation. UV-controlled thiol-ene chemistry limits phase separation through producing highly QD loaded crosslinked composites with loading rate above majority of those reported in literature (<1%) and approaching 30%...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441461/sliding-scale-hcg-trigger-yields-equivalent-pregnancy-outcomes-and-reduces-ovarian-hyperstimulation-syndrome-analysis-of-10-427-ivf-icsi-cycles
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Vinay Gunnala, Alexis Melnick, Mohamad Irani, David Reichman, Glenn Schattman, Owen Davis, Zev Rosenwaks
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate pregnancy outcomes and the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) using a sliding scale hCG protocol to trigger oocyte maturity and establish a threshold level of serum b-hCG associated with optimal oocyte maturity. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Academic medical center. PATIENTS: Fresh IVF cycles from 9/2004-12/2011. INTERVENTION: 10,427 fresh IVF-ICSI cycles met inclusion criteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441447/tumor-response-assessment-by-mri-following-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Guillaume Oldrini, Andres Huertas, Sophie Renard-Oldrini, Hélène Taste-George, Guillaume Vogin, Valérie Laurent, Julia Salleron, Philippe Henrot
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the MRI features of a tumor response, local control, and predictive factors of local control after stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Thirty-five consecutive patients with 48 HCCs who were treated by SBRT were included in this retrospective study. All patients provided written informed consent to be treated by SBRT, and prior to inclusion they authorized use of the treatment data for further studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441437/quantitative-modeling-of-responses-to-chronic-ionizing-radiation-exposure-using-targeted-and-non-targeted-effects
#14
Igor Shuryak
The biological effects of chronic ionizing radiation exposure can be difficult to study, but important to understand in order to protect the health of occupationally-exposed persons and victims of radiological accidents or malicious events. They include targeted effects (TE) caused by ionizations within/close to nuclear DNA, and non-targeted effects (NTE) caused by damage to other cell structures and/or activation of stress-signaling pathways in distant cells. Data on radiation damage in animal populations exposed over multiple generations to wide ranges of dose rates after the Chernobyl nuclear-power-plant accident are very useful for enhancing our understanding of these processes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441383/the-oral-vegf-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-pazopanib-in-combination-with-the-mek-inhibitor-trametinib-in-advanced-cholangiocarcinoma
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Rachna T Shroff, Mark Yarchoan, Ashley O'Connor, Denise Gallagher, Marianna L Zahurak, Gary Rosner, Chimela Ohaji, Susan Sartorius-Mergenthaler, Vivek Subbiah, Ralph Zinner, Nilofer S Azad
BACKGROUND: Cholangiocarcinoma is an aggressive malignancy with limited therapeutic options. MEK inhibition and antiangiogenic therapies have individually shown modest activity in advanced cholangiocarcinoma, whereas dual inhibition of these pathways has not been previously evaluated. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of combination therapy with the oral VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor pazopanib plus the MEK inhibitor trametinib in patients with advanced cholangiocarcinoma...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441325/the-effects-of-taekwondo-training-on-peripheral-neuroplasticity-related-growth-factors-cerebral-blood-flow-velocity-and-cognitive-functions-in-healthy-children-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Su-Youn Cho, Wi-Young So, Hee-Tae Roh
Although regular Taekwondo (TKD) training has been reported to be effective for improving cognitive function in children, the mechanism underlying this improvement remains unclear. The purpose of the present study was to observe changes in neuroplasticity-related growth factors in the blood, assess cerebral blood flow velocity, and verify the resulting changes in children's cognitive function after TKD training. Thirty healthy elementary school students were randomly assigned to control (n = 15) and TKD (n = 15) groups...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441279/congenital-etiology-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-complications-in-adolescents-undergoing-corrective-scoliosis-surgery-comparison-of-in-hospital-comorbidities-using-nationwide-kid-s-inpatient-database
#17
Gregory W Poorman, Cyrus M Jalai, Bassel Diebo, Shaleen Vira, John Buza, Joe Baker, Jared Tishelman, Samantha Horn, Olivia Bono, Kartik Shenoy, Saqib Hasan, Justin Paul, Evan Isaacs, Ian Kaye, Abiola Atanda, Aaron J Buckland, Virginie LaFage, Thomas Errico, Peter G Passias
BACKGROUND: Congenital scoliosis (CS) is associated with more rigid, complex deformities relative to adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) which theoretically increases surgical complications. Despite extensive literature studying AIS patients, few studies have been performed on CS patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate complications associated with spinal fusions for CS and AIS. METHODS: A retrospective review of the Kid's Inpatient Database (KID) years 2000 to 2009 was performed...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441266/safety-of-the-inactivated-japanese-encephalitis-virus-vaccine-ixiaro%C3%A2-in-children-an-open-label-randomized-active-controlled-phase-3-study
#18
Katrin L Dubischar, Vera Kadlecek, Benjamin Sablan, Charissa Fay Borja-Tabora, Salvacion Gatchalian, Susanne Eder-Lingelbach, Zsuzsanna Mueller, Kerstin Westritschnig
BACKGROUND: Japanese encephalitis (JE) remains a serious health concern in Asian countries and has sporadically affected pediatric travelers. In the present study we monitored the safety profile of the JE virus (JEV) vaccine IXIARO in a pediatric population. METHODS: We randomized 1869 children between the age of 2 months and 17 years in an age-stratified manner to vaccination with IXIARO or one of the control vaccines, Prevnar and HAVRIX 720. Adverse events (AEs) (unsolicited and solicited local and systemic adverse events), serious AEs and medically-attended AEs were assessed up to Day 56 and Month 7 after the first dose...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441241/pelvic-inflammatory-disease-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department-epidemiology-and-treatment
#19
Michelle Solomon, Lisa Tuchman, Katie Hayes, Gia Badolato, Monika K Goyal
OBJECTIVES: Most adolescent cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are diagnosed in the emergency department (ED). An important step to prevent PID-related morbidity among this high-risk population is to quantify prevalence and microbial patterns and identify testing and treatment gaps. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, cross-sectional study of all visits by adolescents to an urban children's ED with an International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, diagnosis of PID in 2012...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441237/noninvasive-ventilation-in-acute-hypoxemic-nonhypercapnic-respiratory-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Xiu-Ping Xu, Xin-Chang Zhang, Shu-Ling Hu, Jing-Yuan Xu, Jian-Feng Xie, Song-Qiao Liu, Ling Liu, Ying-Zi Huang, Feng-Mei Guo, Yi Yang, Hai-Bo Qiu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of noninvasive ventilation in patients with acute hypoxemic nonhypercapnic respiratory failure unrelated to exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cardiogenic pulmonary edema. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane library, Web of Science, and bibliographies of articles were retrieved inception until June 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Randomized controlled trials comparing application of noninvasive ventilation with standard oxygen therapy in adults with acute hypoxemic nonhypercapnic respiratory failure were included...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
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