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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777763/effect-of-long-term-immunosuppressive-therapy-on-native-rat-liver-morphology-and-hepatocyte-apoptosis
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Aleksandra Wilk, Dagmara Szypulska-Koziarska, Karolina Kędzierska-Kapuza, Agnieszka Kolasa-Wołosiuk, Kamila Misiakiewicz-Has, Kazimierz Ciechanowski, Barbara Wiszniewska
A negative result of therapy based on immunosuppressive drugs is its leading to pathological alterations in the organ, including liver. Use of immunosuppressive medication may also lead to organized and genetically controlled cell death - apoptosis. The aim of this study was to examine histopathological changes in the livers of rats treated with immunosuppressive drugs, and also to determine the effects of different groups of immunosuppressive drugs on apoptosis activity in the hepatocytes of rat livers. The study was conducted on archival material obtained from Department of Nephrology, Transplantology and Internal Medicine of the Independent Public Clinical Hospital No...
May 16, 2018: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773712/acute-kidney-injury-and-risk-of-heart-failure-and-atherosclerotic-events
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Alan S Go, Chi-Yuan Hsu, Jingrong Yang, Thida C Tan, Sijie Zheng, Juan D Ordonez, Kathleen D Liu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: AKI in the hospital is common and is associated with excess mortality. We examined whether AKI is also independently associated with a higher risk of different cardiovascular events in the first year after discharge. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of a cohort between 2006 and 2013 with follow-up through 2014, within Kaiser Permanente Northern California. We identified all adults admitted to 21 hospitals who had one or more in-hospital serum creatinine test result and survived to discharge...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773704/effect-of-dietary-omega-3-fatty-acid-supplementation-on-frailty-related-phenotypes-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Joanne Stocks, Ana M Valdes
INTRODUCTION: The beneficial effect of dietary omega-3 supplementation in younger adults or older people with acute or chronic disease is established. Knowledge is now needed about the effect in medically stable older people. The objective of this study is to examine and assess the evidence for a role of dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) supplementation in older adults on (1) muscle mass and muscle strength, (2) inflammatory biomarkers and (3) physical activity. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A systematic review and data synthesis will be conducted of randomised controlled trials in older people not recruited for any given disease diagnosis...
May 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772068/risk-factors-associated-with-preterm-delivery-and-low-delivery-weight-among-hiv-exposed-neonates-in-china
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Liming Wang, Hongxin Zhao, Weiping Cai, Jie Tao, Qingxia Zhao, Lijun Sun, Qingbo Fan, Athena P Kourtis, Colin Shepard, Fujie Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) and preterm delivery (PTD) or low delivery weight among pregnant Chinese women with HIV. METHODS: The present retrospective cross-sectional medical chart review enrolled pregnant women with HIV who delivered at five tertiary hospitals in China between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2014. Generalized linear mixed modeling was used to explore PTD (<37 weeks of pregnancy) and low delivery weight (<2500 g) risk factors...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770358/association-of-central-obesity-with-sex-hormonebinding-globulin-a-cross-sectional-study-of-1166-chinese-men
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Fangwei Liu, Xubo Shen, Ruifeng Wang, Na Yu, Yongjun Shi, Shimin Xiong, Chengliang Xiong, Yuanzhong Zhou
Background Both sex hormone-binding globulin and central obesity have been found to be associated with metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. However, the direct relation between sex hormone-binding globulin and central obesity has not been demonstrated. Methodology We performed a cross-sectional study of 1166 male participants from Zunyi, Guizhou, western China, in 2013. Each participant completed a questionnaire and had a brief clinical exam with a fasting blood sample taken. All blood samples underwent standard laboratory testing for sex hormone-binding globulin...
2018: Open Medicine (Warsaw, Poland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768244/harmonization-activities-of-noklus-a-quality-improvement-organization-for-point-of-care-laboratory-examinations
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Anne Stavelin, Sverre Sandberg
Noklus is a non-profit quality improvement organization that focuses to improve all elements in the total testing process. The aim is to ensure that all medical laboratory examinations are ordered, performed and interpreted correctly and in accordance with the patients' needs for investigation, treatment and follow-up. For 25 years, Noklus has focused on point-of-care (POC) testing in primary healthcare laboratories and has more than 3100 voluntary participants. The Noklus quality system uses different tools to obtain harmonization and improvement: (1) external quality assessment for the pre-examination, examination and postexamination phase to monitor the harmonization process and to identify areas that need improvement and harmonization, (2) manufacturer-independent evaluations of the analytical quality and user-friendliness of POC instruments and (3) close interactions and follow-up of the participants through site visits, courses, training and guidance...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766487/inhaled-corticosteroids-for-bronchiectasis
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Nitin Kapur, Helen L Petsky, Scott Bell, John Kolbe, Anne B Chang
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is being increasingly diagnosed and recognised as an important contributor to chronic lung disease in both adults and children in high- and low-income countries. It is characterised by irreversible dilatation of airways and is generally associated with airway inflammation and chronic bacterial infection. Medical management largely aims to reduce morbidity by controlling the symptoms, reduce exacerbation frequency, improve quality of life and prevent the progression of bronchiectasis...
May 16, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764888/assessment-of-thyroid-cancer-risk-associated-with-radiation-dose-from-personal-diagnostic-examinations-in-a-cohort-study-of-us-radiologic-technologists-followed-1983-2014
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Mark P Little, Hyeyeun Lim, Melissa C Friesen, Dale L Preston, Michele M Doody, Alice J Sigurdson, Gila Neta, Bruce H Alexander, Lienard A Chang, Elizabeth K Cahoon, Steven L Simon, Martha S Linet, Cari M Kitahara
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether personal medical diagnostic procedures over life, but particularly those associated with exposure in adulthood, were associated with increased thyroid cancer risk. DESIGN: Participants from the US Radiologic Technologists Study, a large, prospective cohort, were followed from the date of first mailed questionnaire survey completed during 1983-1989 to the earliest date of self-reported diagnosis of thyroid cancer or of any other cancer than non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in any of three subsequent questionnaires up to the last in 2012-2014...
May 14, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764552/-construction-of-death-early-warning-model-for-patients-with-septic-myocardial-depression-a-retrospective-analysis-of-129-patients
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Jianping Huang, Yangqing Zhou, Haifen Liu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the death risk factors of septic myocardial depression (SMD) and their predictive effect, and to set up a death early-warning model. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted. The patients with SMD admitted to emergency department and rescue room of Beilun Branch of the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College from January 2015 to November 2017 were enrolled. The patients were divided into survival group and non-survival group according to 28-day outcome, and the gender, age, and the initial examination parameters [white blood cell (WBC) count, neutrophil (Neut) count, activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), procalcitonin (PCT), D-dimer, C-reactive protein (CRP), cardiac troponin I (cTnI), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD), and left atrium diameter (LAD)] of both groups were compared...
May 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763717/hepatic-micrometastases-are-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-liver-metastases-from-neuroendocrine-tumors-of-the-digestive-tract
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William E Gibson, Raul S Gonzalez, Justin M M Cates, Eric Liu, Chanjuan Shi
Pathologic examination of hepatic metastasectomies from patients with metastatic small intestinal or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor frequently reveals micrometastases undetectable by radiologic or macroscopic gross examination. This finding raises the possibility that undetectable micrometastases remain in these patients after metastasectomy. Here we examined liver resections for micrometastases and assessed their impact on prognosis. Hepatic metastasectomies from 65 patients with neuroendocrine tumor of the small intestine (N=43) or pancreas (N=22) were reviewed for the presence of micrometastases, which were defined as microscopic tumor foci ≤1mm in greatest dimension...
May 12, 2018: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760847/decreased-nursing-staffing-adversely-affects-emergency-department-throughput-metrics
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Zachariah Ramsey, Joseph S Palter, John Hardwick, Jordan Moskoff, Errick L Christian, John Bailitz
Introduction: The effect of nurse staffing on emergency department (ED) efficiency remains a significant area of interest to administrators, physicians, and nurses. We believe that decreased nursing staffing adversely affects key ED throughput metrics. Methods: We conducted a retrospective observational review of our electronic medical record database from 1/1/2015 to 12/31/2015 at a high-volume, urban public hospital. We report nursing hours, door-to-discharge length of stay (LOS) and door-to-admit LOS, and percentage of patients who left without being seen (LWBS)...
May 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756394/prognostic-impact-of-the-pretreatment-aspartate-transaminase-alanine-transaminase-ratio-in-patients-treated-with-first-line-systemic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-therapy-for-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Minyong Kang, Jiwoong Yu, Hyun Hwan Sung, Hwang Gyun Jeon, Byong Chang Jeong, Se Hoon Park, Seong Soo Jeon, Hyun Moo Lee, Han Yong Choi, Seong Il Seo
OBJECTIVES: To examine the prognostic role of the pretreatment aspartate transaminase/alanine transaminase or De Ritis ratio in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma receiving first-line systemic tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively searched the medical records of 579 patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who visited Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea, from January 2001 through August 2016. After excluding 210 patients, we analyzed 360 patients who received first-line tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy...
May 13, 2018: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756003/onset-and-remission-of-psychosis-in-parkinson-s-disease-pharmacologic-and-motoric-markers
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Jared Thomas Hinkle, Kate Perepezko, Catherine C Bakker, Martinus P G Broen, Kathleen Chin, Ted M Dawson, Vanessa Johnson, Zoltan Mari, Cherie L Marvel, Kelly A Mills, Alexander Pantelyat, Olga Pletnikova, Liana S Rosenthal, Melissa D Shepard, Daniel A Stevens, Juan C Troncoso, Jiangxia Wang, Gregory M Pontone
Background: Psychosis is among the most disabling complications of Parkinson's disease (PD). The chronicity of PD psychosis remains understudied and the relative importance of dopaminergic therapy versus the disease process itself in engendering psychosis remains unclear. Objectives: To examine pharmacologic and motoric correlates of PD psychosis onset and remission in a longitudinally monitored PD cohort. Methods: We analyzed data from 165 participants enrolled in a longitudinal PD study through the Morris K...
January 2018: Movement Disorders Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755730/having-concomitant-asthma-phenotypes-is-common-and-independently-relates-to-poor-lung-function-in-nhanes-2007-2012
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Rita Amaral, João A Fonseca, Tiago Jacinto, Ana M Pereira, Andrei Malinovschi, Christer Janson, Kjell Alving
Background: Evidence for distinct asthma phenotypes and their overlap is becoming increasingly relevant to identify personalized and targeted therapeutic strategies. In this study, we aimed to describe the overlap of five commonly reported asthma phenotypes in US adults with current asthma and assess its association with asthma outcomes. Methods: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) 2007-2012 were used (n = 30,442). Adults with current asthma were selected...
2018: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755624/clinical-significance-of-skin-autofluorescence-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Takashi Hitsumoto
Background: Recent clinical studies have shown that skin autofluorescence (AF) levels are significantly associated with diabetic complications. In contrast, data regarding the relationships between skin AF and chronic heart failure (CHF) are limited. The aim of this study was to clarify the clinical significance of skin AF in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) with CHF. Methods: This cross-sectional study enrolled 257 outpatients with type 2 DM with CHF who were treated medically (96 men and 161 women; mean age, 79 ± 7 years)...
April 2018: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754663/the-prognostic-value-of-the-relationship-between-right-atrial-and-pulmonary-capillary-wedge-pressure-in-diverse-cardiovascular-conditions
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Douglas Marshall Brinkley, Kalon K L Ho, Mark H Drazner, Robb D Kociol
BACKGROUND: Physical examination of jugular venous pressure is used to estimate right atrial (RA) pressure and infer left-sided filling pressure to assist volume management. Previous studies in advanced heart failure patients showed about 75% concordance between RA and pulmonary capillary wedge (PCW) pressures. We sought to determine the relationship between mean RA and mean PCW pressure and assess the clinical significance in a broad population of patients undergoing invasive right heart catheterization (RHC)...
May 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754277/proton-pump-inhibitor-use-h-2-receptor-antagonist-use-and-risk-of-incident-clinical-vertebral-fracture-in-women
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Julie M Paik, Harold N Rosen, Catherine M Gordon, Gary C Curhan
The few prospective studies examining the relation between proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use and risk of vertebral fracture (VF) suggest a higher risk, but the magnitude of the association has been inconsistent. Moreover, no prospective studies have examined the association between substantially longer duration of PPI use and VF risk. Our objective was to determine the association between PPI use, H2 RA use, and incident clinical VF in women. We conducted a prospective study in 55,545 women participating in the Nurses' Health Study...
May 12, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754203/prospective-analysis-of-decision-making-during-joint-cardiology-cardiothoracic-conference-in-treatment-of-107-consecutive-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Sophie Duignan, Aedin Ryan, Dara O'Keeffe, Damien Kenny, Colin J McMahon
The complexity and potential biases involved in decision making have long been recognised and examined in both the aviation and business industries. More recently, the medical community have started to explore this concept and its particular importance in our field. Paediatric cardiology is a rapidly expanding field and for many of the conditions we treat, there is limited evidence available to support our decision-making. Variability exists within decision-making in paediatric cardiology and this may influence outcomes...
May 12, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752735/rbpi-21-opebacan-promotes-rapid-trilineage-hematopoietic-recovery-in-a-murine-model-of-high-dose-total-body-irradiation
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Kenneth J Janec, Huaiping Yuan, James E Norton, Rowan H Kelner, Christian K Hirt, Rebecca A Betensky, Eva C Guinan
The complexity of providing adequate care after radiation exposure has drawn increasing attention. While most therapeutic development has focused on improving survival at lethal radiation doses, acute hematopoietic syndrome (AHS) occurs at substantially lower exposures. Thus, it is likely that a large proportion of such a radiation-exposed population will manifest AHS of variable degree and that the medical and socioeconomic costs of AHS will accrue. Here, we examined the potential of rBPI21 (opebacan), used without supportive care, to accelerate hematopoietic recovery after radiation where expected survival was substantial (42-75%) at 30 days)...
May 11, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751802/associations-of-coronary-artery-calcified-plaque-density-with-mortality-in-type-2-diabetes-the-diabetes-heart-study
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Laura M Raffield, Amanda J Cox, Michael H Criqui, Fang-Chi Hsu, James G Terry, Jianzhao Xu, Barry I Freedman, J Jeffrey Carr, Donald W Bowden
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcified plaque (CAC) is strongly predictive of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and mortality, both in general populations and individuals with type 2 diabetes at high risk for CVD. CAC is typically reported as an Agatston score, which is weighted for increased plaque density. However, the role of CAC density in CVD risk prediction, independently and with CAC volume, remains unclear. METHODS: We examined the role of CAC density in individuals with type 2 diabetes from the family-based Diabetes Heart Study and the African American-Diabetes Heart Study...
May 11, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
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