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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656624/health-care-burden-of-spinal-diseases-in-the-republic-of-korea-analysis-of-a-nationwide-database-from-2012-through-2016
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Chang-Hyun Lee, Chun Kee Chung, Chi Heon Kim, Ji-Woong Kwon
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the incidence and analyze trends related to spinal diseases based on a national database in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and to elucidate the healthcare burden that will serve as a useful resource for researchers, clinicians, and patients. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of data obtained from Healthcare Bigdata Hub, the Korean Statistical Information Service, and Open Data Portal from 2012 through 2016. The main disease codes for spinal diseases (M40-M54) were used for identification of these conditions...
March 2018: Neurospine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656621/effect-of-myoarchitectonic-spinolaminoplasty-on-concurrent-hypertension-in-patients-with-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Kazushige Itoki, Ryu Kurokawa, Tetsuro Shingo, Phyo Kim
OBJECTIVE: When treating patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), we often note amelioration in concomitant hypertension after surgery. To assess the effects of surgery and the mechanisms thereof, blood pressure (BP) and parasympathetic nervous activity were monitored prospectively in CSM patients undergoing surgery. METHODS: Sixty-eight consecutive CSM patients who underwent surgery with myoarchitectonic spinolaminoplasty were enrolled. BP and electrocardiography were recorded preoperatively and at 1, 3, and 6 months postoperatively...
March 2018: Neurospine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656611/modified-breath-hold-compressed-sensing-3d-mr-cholangiopancreatography-with-a-small-field-of-view-and-high-resolution-acquisition-clinical-feasibility-in-biliary-and-pancreatic-disorders
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Liang Zhu, Huadan Xue, Zhaoyong Sun, Tianyi Qian, Elisabeth Weiland, Bernd Kuehn, Patrick Asbach, Bernd Hamm, Zhengyu Jin
BACKGROUND: Compressed-sensing (CS) accelerated 3D MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) could be acquired in both navigator-triggered (NT) and breath-hold (BH) mode, but the latter has been considered inferior in depicting pancreatic duct and diagnosing pancreatic duct-related diseases. PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate the clinical feasibility of a modified 3D BH-CS-MRCP prototype protocol with small field-of-view (FOV) and higher spatial resolution, and to compare its performance to the original BH-CS-MRCP and NT-CS-MRCP...
April 14, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656599/novel-cost-effective-cu-doped-calcium-silicate-nanoparticles-for-bone-fracture-intervention-inherent-bioactivity-and-in-vivo-performance
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Mostafa Mabrouk, Shaimaa A ElShebiney, Sayed H Kenawy, Gehan T El-Bassyouni, Esmat Ma Hamzawy
Copper (Cu)-doped calcium silicate nanoparticles were synthesized by a wet precipitation method as economical bone fracture filler. The aim was to improve the overall physicochemical properties, bioactivity, and biological performance of the bone fracture filler prepared herein. The synthesized nanoparticles were evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The bioactivity of the prepared nanoparticles was investigated after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) by means of inductively coupled plasma (ICP), SEM coupled with energy dispersive X-rays (EDX), and FTIR...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656597/splenic-artery-as-a-simple-landmark-indicating-difficulty-during-laparoscopic-distal-pancreatectomy
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Yoshiya Ishikawa, Daisuke Ban, Shuichi Watanabe, Keiichi Akahoshi, Hiroaki Ono, Yusuke Mitsunori, Atsushi Kudo, Shinji Tanaka, Minoru Tanabe
INTRODUCTION: The use of laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) is increasing worldwide. It is important for surgeons to predict preoperatively the difficulty and risks of a surgery. However, very few reports have evaluated the impact of patient or tumor factors on the difficulty of LDP. We aimed to determine the predictors of technical difficulties when performing LDP. METHODS: This study included 34 patients who underwent LDP. Patient information was obtained retrospectively and included age, gender, BMI, primary disease, previous abdominal surgery, previous pancreatitis, tumor size, tumor proximity to the splenic arterial origin, type of splenic artery (SpA), operative time, blood loss, postoperative pancreatic fistula, and length of hospital stay...
April 15, 2018: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656595/pathways-of-association-from-stress-to-obesity-in-early-childhood
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Alison L Miller, Julie C Lumeng
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to critically review the literature on early life stress in relation to obesity in humans, including the multiple biological and behavioral mechanisms through which early life stress exposure (birth to the age of 5 years) may associate with obesity risk during childhood. METHODS: A review of the literature was conducted to identify studies on associations between early childhood stress and risk for obesity and the mechanisms of association...
April 14, 2018: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656588/the-use-of-funnel-plots-with-regression-as-a-tool-to-visually-compare-hiv-treatment-outcomes-between-centres-adjusting-for-patient-characteristics-and-size-a-uk-collaborative-hiv-cohort-study
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M Gompels, S Michael, S Jose, T Hill, R Trevelion, C A Sabin, M T May
OBJECTIVES: A measure used for assessing the effectiveness of HIV care and comparing clinical centres is the proportion of people starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) with viral suppression (VS) after 1 year. We propose a method that adjusts for patients' demographic characteristics, and visually compares this measure between different sites accounting for centre size. METHODS: We analysed viral load measurements for UK Collaborative HIV Cohort (UK CHIC) patients starting ART between 2006 and 2013...
April 14, 2018: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656578/long-term-single-center-comparison-of-icd-lead-survival-evidence-for-premature-linox-lead-failure
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Matthew O'Connor, Darren Hooks, Matthew Webber, Bijia Shi, Stephanie Morrison, Scott Harding, Peter Larsen
INTRODUCTION: ICD lead failure is a potential source of significant morbidity and mortality. This study investigates the survival rates of Sprint Quattro, Endotak Reliance and Linox ICD leads. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective cohort study of all patients with an ICD implanted between January 2007 and December 2012 from the Wellington Hospital region, New Zealand, a tertiary referral center. Lead and patient details were established by review of clinical notes and the PaceArt Optima database...
April 14, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656576/repurposing-carbamazepine-for-the-treatment-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-sod1-g93a-mouse-model
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Jing-Jing Zhang, Qin-Ming Zhou, Sheng Chen, Wei-Dong Le
AIMS: To investigate the effect and mechanisms of carbamazepine (CBZ) on the onset and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in SOD1-G93A mouse model. METHODS: Starting from 64 days of age, SOD1-G93A mice were orally administered with CBZ at 200 mg/kg once daily until death. The disease onset and life span of SOD1-G93A mice were recorded. Motor neurons (MNs) in anterior horn of spinal cord were quantified by Nissl staining and SMI-32 immunostaining...
April 14, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656571/daily-snacking-occasions-and-weight-status-among-us-children-aged-1-to-5-years
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Alexandria Kachurak, Adam Davey, Regan L Bailey, Jennifer O Fisher
OBJECTIVE: To characterize associations of snacking frequency with weight status among US children aged 1 to 5 years. METHODS: Participants were children (n = 4,669) aged 1 to 5 years in the 2005 to 2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Snacking was assessed by two 24-hour dietary recalls using definitions that considered "snack" occasions as well as other foods/beverages consumed between meals. Overweight/obesity (OW/OB) was defined using percentile cutoffs: ≥ 97...
April 14, 2018: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656569/ghanaian-parents-perceptions-of-pre-and-postnatal-nutrient-supplements-and-their-effects
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Katherine P Adams, Harriet Okronipa, Seth Adu-Afarwuah, Mary Arimond, Sika Kumordzie, Brietta M Oaks, Maku E Ocansey, Rebecca R Young, Stephen A Vosti, Kathryn G Dewey
Small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) have been studied in efficacy and effectiveness trials, but little is known about how parents perceive the products and their effects. In a randomised trial in Ghana, efficacy of SQ-LNS provided to women during pregnancy and the first 6 months postpartum and to their children from 6 to 18 months of age was assessed by comparison with iron-folic acid (IFA) capsules and multiple micronutrient (MMN) capsules provided to women. In a follow-up study conducted when the index children from the original trial were between 4 and 6 years of age, we used survey-based methods to assess retrospective and current parental perceptions of nutrient supplements generally and of SQ-LNS and their effects compared with perceptions IFA and MMN capsules...
April 15, 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656566/absence-of-human-skin-irritation-and-allergenic-potential-after-repeated-patch-applications-of-a-lamellar-moisturizer
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Stephanie J Nisbet
BACKGROUND: New cosmetic products should undergo clinical evaluation for skin sensitization potential. OBJECTIVES: To assess the irritation and sensitization potential of a moisturizer containing lamellar structured lipids after repeated patch application in humans, using human repeated insult patch test methodology. METHODS: This 6-week, single-center, open-label study compared a lamellar moisturizer with negative saline control in human subjects aged 18-70 years and skin phototype (Fitzpatrick) classification I-IV...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656565/rural-urban-differences-in-costs-of-end-of-life-care-for-the-last-6-months-of-life-among-patients-with-breast-lung-or-colorectal-cancer
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Elizabeth Crouch, Jan M Eberth, Janice C Probst, Kevin Bennett, Swann A Adams
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine rural-urban differences in utilization and expenditures in the last 6 months of life for patients with breast, lung, or colorectal cancer. METHODS: The study used a 5% sample of the 2013 Medicare Research Identifiable Files to study utilization and expenditures for beneficiaries with breast, lung, or colorectal cancer during the last 6 months before death (n = 6,214). End of life expenditures were calculated as the sum of total Medicare expenditures for inpatient, outpatient, physician, home health, hospice, and skilled nursing facility costs during the last 6 months of life...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656554/a-single-day-of-bed-rest-irrespective-of-energy-balance-does-not-affect-skeletal-muscle-gene-expression-or-insulin-sensitivity
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Marlou L Dirks, Francis B Stephens, Sarah R Jackman, Jesús Galera Gordo, David Machin, Richard M Pulsford, Luc Jc van Loon, Benjamin T Wall
NEW FINDINGS: What is the central question of this study? What are the initial metabolic and molecular events that underpin bed rest-induced skeletal muscle deconditioning, and what is the contribution of energy balance? What is the main finding and its importance? A single day of bed rest, irrespective of energy balance, did not lead to overt changes in skeletal muscle gene expression or insulin sensitivity. More than one day of physical inactivity is required to observe the insulin resistance and robust skeletal muscle transcriptional responses associated with bed rest and consequent alterations in energy balance...
April 15, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656536/mmr-deficiency-does-not-sensitize-or-compromise-the-function-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-to-low-and-high-let-radiation
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Rutulkumar Patel, Yulan Qing, Lucy Kennedy, Yan Yan, John Pink, Brittany Aguila, Amar Desai, Stanton L Gerson, Scott M Welford
One of the major health concerns on long-duration space missions will be radiation exposure to the astronauts. Outside the earth's magnetosphere, astronauts will be exposed to galactic cosmic rays (GCR) and solar particle events that are principally composed of protons and He, Ca, O, Ne, Si, Ca, and Fe nuclei. Protons are by far the most common species, but the higher atomic number particles are thought to be more damaging to biological systems. Evaluation and amelioration of risks from GCR exposure will be important for deep space travel...
April 14, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656532/of-lamp-posts-keys-and-fabled-drunkards-a-perspectival-tale-of-4-guidelines
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Trisha Greenhalgh
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based medicine is the application of research findings to inform individual clinical decisions. There is a tension-both philosophical and practical-between the average result from a population study and the circumstances and needs of an individual patient. This personal account of "evidence-based" trauma care illustrates and explores this tension. THE CASE: The author, a keen athlete, describes her experience of a high-impact cycle accident that led to limb fractures (which were diagnosed and treated according to evidence-based guidelines) and also an occult injury to the cervical spine (which was not diagnosed at the time)...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656531/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-and-risk-of-osteoporosis-a-nationwide-longitudinal-study
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Wei-Sheng Huang, Ju-Wei Hsu, Kai-Lin Huang, Ya-Mei Bai, Tung-Ping Su, Cheng-Ta Li, Wei-Chen Lin, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shih-Jen Tsai, Ying-Jay Liou, Mu-Hong Chen
Several studies suggested a relationship between stress and related mental illnesses, such as depression and osteoporosis. However, it was unclear whether patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life. In this study, 6,041 patients with PTSD and 24,164 age- or sex-matched controls were enrolled between 2002 and 2009 in our study and followed up to the end of 2011. Cases of osteoporosis were identified during the follow-up. Patients with PTSD had an elevated likelihood of developing osteoporosis (HR: 2...
April 15, 2018: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656524/the-prevalence-of-meibomian-gland-dysfunction-tear-film-and-ocular-surface-parameters-in-an-austrian-dry-eye-clinic-population
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Dieter Franz Rabensteiner, Haleh Aminfar, Ingrid Boldin, Gerold Schwantzer, Jutta Horwath-Winter
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and its association with tear film and ocular surface parameters in an Austrian clinical population of dry eye patients. METHODS: The records of 1372 consecutive patients from a dry eye unit were analysed retrospectively. Symptoms and objective tear film and ocular surface parameters were evaluated. Patients were classified into pure MGD, pure aqueous tear deficiency (ATD), MGD combined with ATD, pure anterior blepharitis (AB), Sjogren's syndrome (SS) without MGD and SS together with MGD...
April 15, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656518/genotype-specific-progression-of-hereditary-medullary-thyroid-cancer
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Andreas Machens, Kerstin Lorenz, Frank Weber, Henning Dralle
Although already 25 years into the genomic era, age-related progression of hereditary medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), the prevalence of which is estimated at 1 in 80,000 inhabitants, remains to be delineated for most unique RET (REarranged during Transfection) mutations. Included in this study were 567 RET carriers. The age-related progression of MTC across histopathological groups (normal thyroid/C-cell hyperplasia; node-negative MTC; node-positive MTC) was statistically significant for 13 unique RET mutations (p...
April 14, 2018: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656516/mir-21-ameliorates-aged-associated-skin-wound-healing-defects-in-mice
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Shuang Long, Na Zhao, Lan Ge, Guojian Wang, Xinze Ran, Junping Wang, Yongping Su, Tao Wang
BACKGROUND: The cellular and molecular mechanisms for aged-associated delay of cutaneous wound healing are still not well understood. Our previous results show that miR-21 plays key roles during skin wound healing. We presumed that dysregulation of miR-21 may involve in aged-associated defects in wound healing and miR-21 may be one potential therapeutic target to ameliorate wound defects in elderly subjects. METHODS: Circular full thickness excisional wounds were made on the dorsal skin of young (2-month-old) and aged (12-month-old) female mice...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Gene Medicine
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