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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550494/cost-effectiveness-of-combined-serum-anti-helicobacter-pylori-igg-antibody-and-serum-pepsinogen-concentrations-for-screening-for-gastric-cancer-risk-in-japan
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Shota Saito, Motoi Azumi, Yusuke Muneoka, Katsuhiko Nishino, Takashi Ishikawa, Yuichi Sato, Shuji Terai, Kouhei Akazawa
BACKGROUND: A combination of assays for the presence of serum anti-Helicobacter pylori IgG antibody (HPA) and serum pepsinogen (PG) concentrations can be used to screen for gastric cancer risk. In Japan, this "ABC method" is considered an effective means of stratifying gastric cancer risk. This study aimed to ascertain its cost-effectiveness for assessing gastric cancer risk. METHODS: A Markov model was constructed to compare the cost-effectiveness of two strategies for gastric cancer-risk screening over a 30-year period: the ABC method, which uses a combination of assessing the presence of HPA and measuring serum PG concentrations and scheduling endoscopies accordingly, and annual endoscopic screening...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550479/biomolecular-diagnosis-of-myotonic-dystrophy-type-2-a-challenging-approach
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REVIEW
Giovanni Meola, Fiammetta Biasini, Rea Valaperta, Elena Costa, Rosanna Cardani
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are the most common adult form of muscular dystrophy, characterized by autosomal dominant progressive myopathy, myotonia, and multiorgan involvement. The onset and symptoms of the myotonic dystrophies are diverse, complicating their diagnoses and limiting a comprehensive approach to their clinical care. Diagnostic delay in DM2 is due not only to the heterogeneous phenotype and the aspecific onset but also to the unfamiliarity with the disorder by most clinicians...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550450/abcc4-functional-snp-in-the-3-splice-acceptor-site-of-exon-8-g912t-is-associated-with-unfavorable-clinical-outcome-in-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#3
Hamzeh Mesrian Tanha, Soheila Rahgozar, Marjan Mojtabavi Naeini
OBJECTIVES: ATP-binding cassette subfamily C member 4 (ABCC4) encoding MRP4 protein is involved in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) drug resistance. The nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs2274407 (G912T; K304N) is located in the 3' splice acceptor site of exon 8 of ABCC4 pre-mRNA. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of rs2274407 in childhood ALL and its possible functional effect on MRP4. METHODS: ABCC4 G912T SNP was genotyped in 145 Iranian Philadelphia-negative (Ph(-)) children with ALL using modified tetra-primer ARMS PCR and evaluated for possible association with 3-year disease-free survival (3DFS)...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550405/projective-biomechanical-depth-matching-for-soft-tissue-registration-in-laparoscopic-surgery
#4
Daniel Reichard, Dominik Häntsch, Sebastian Bodenstedt, Stefan Suwelack, Martin Wagner, Hannes Kenngott, Beat Müller-Stich, Lena Maier-Hein, Rüdiger Dillmann, Stefanie Speidel
PURPOSE: A key component of computer- assisted surgery systems is the accurate and robust registration of preoperative planning data with intraoperative sensor data. In laparoscopic surgery, this image-based registration remains challenging due to soft tissue deformations. This paper presents a novel approach for biomechanical soft tissue registration of preoperative CT data with stereo endoscopic image data. METHODS: The proposed method consists of two registrations steps...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550374/performance-of-an-artificial-multi-observer-deep-neural-network-for-fully-automated-segmentation-of-polycystic-kidneys
#5
Timothy L Kline, Panagiotis Korfiatis, Marie E Edwards, Jaime D Blais, Frank S Czerwiec, Peter C Harris, Bernard F King, Vicente E Torres, Bradley J Erickson
Deep learning techniques are being rapidly applied to medical imaging tasks-from organ and lesion segmentation to tissue and tumor classification. These techniques are becoming the leading algorithmic approaches to solve inherently difficult image processing tasks. Currently, the most critical requirement for successful implementation lies in the need for relatively large datasets that can be used for training the deep learning networks. Based on our initial studies of MR imaging examinations of the kidneys of patients affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD), we have generated a unique database of imaging data and corresponding reference standard segmentations of polycystic kidneys...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550195/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibition-stimulates-distal-tubular-natriuresis-and-increases-in-circulating-sdf-1%C3%AE-1-67-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#6
Julie A Lovshin, Harindra Rajasekeran, Yulyia Lytvyn, Leif E Lovblom, Shajiha Khan, Robel Alemu, Amy Locke, Vesta Lai, Huaibing He, Lucinda Hittle, Weixun Wang, Daniel J Drucker, David Z I Cherney
OBJECTIVE: Antihyperglycemic agents, such as empagliflozin, stimulate proximal tubular natriuresis and improve cardiovascular and renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Because dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are used in combination with sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, we examined whether and how sitagliptin modulates fractional sodium excretion and renal and systemic hemodynamic function. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied 32 patients with type 2 diabetes in a prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial...
May 26, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550032/a-predictive-score-for-thrombosis-associated-with-breast-colorectal-lung-or-ovarian-cancer-the-prospective-compass-cancer-associated-thrombosis-study
#7
Grigoris T Gerotziafas, Ali Taher, Hikmat Abdel-Razeq, Essam AboElnazar, Alex C Spyropoulos, Salem El Shemmari, Annette K Larsen, Ismail Elalamy
BACKGROUND: The stratification of outpatients on chemotherapy for breast, colorectal, lung, and ovarian cancers at risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains an unmet clinical need. The derivation of a risk assessment model (RAM) for VTE in these patients was the aim of the study "Prospective Comparison of Methods for thromboembolic risk assessment with clinical Perceptions and AwareneSS in real life patients-Cancer Associated Thrombosis" (COMPASS-CAT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The derivation cohort consisted of 1,023 outpatients...
May 26, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550008/prioritizing-measures-of-digital-patient-engagement-a-delphi-expert-panel-study
#8
Lynn A Garvin, Steven R Simon
BACKGROUND: Establishing a validated scale of patient engagement through use of information technology (ie, digital patient engagement) is the first step to understanding its role in health and health care quality, outcomes, and efficient implementation by health care providers and systems. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop and prioritize measures of digital patient engagement based on patients' use of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)'s MyHealtheVet (MHV) portal, focusing on the MHV/Blue Button and Secure Messaging functions...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549989/overweight-in-elderly-people-induces-impaired-autophagy-in-skeletal-muscle
#9
Yaiza Potes, Beatriz de Luxán-Delgado, Susana Rodriguez-González, Marcela Rodrigues Moreira Guimarães, Juan J Solano, María Fernández-Fernández, Manuel Bermúdez, Jose A Boga, Ignacio Vega-Naredo, Ana Coto-Montes
Sarcopenia is the gradual loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength and quality associated with aging. Changes in body composition, especially in skeletal muscle and fat mass are crucial steps in the development of chronic diseases. We studied the effect of overweight on skeletal muscle tissue in elderly people without reaching obesity to prevent this extreme situation. Overweight induces a progressive protein breakdown reflected as a progressive withdrawal of anabolism against the promoted catabolic state leading to muscle wasting...
May 23, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549970/distinct-patterns-of-cellular-immune-response-elicited-by-influenza-non-adjuvanted-and-as03-adjuvanted-monovalent-h1n1-pdm09-vaccine
#10
Sarah Giarola-Silva, Jordana G A Coelho-Dos-Reis, Marina Moraes Mourão, Ana Carolina Campi-Azevedo, Erick E Nakagaki Silva, Maria Luiza-Silva, Marina Angela Martins, Amanda Cardoso de Oliveira Silveira Cassette, Maurício Azevedo Batista, Vanessa Peruhype-Magalhães, Lis Ribeiro do Valle Antonelli, José Geraldo Leite Ribeiro, Silvana Maria Elói-Santos, Alexandre Vieira Machado, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Márcio Sobreira Silva Araújo
The study aimed at identifying biomarkers of immune response elicited by non-adjuvanted-(NAV) and adjuvanted-(AV) H1N1(pdm09) vaccines. The results showed that despite both vaccines elicited similar levels of anti-H1N1 antibodies at day30 after vaccination, higher reactivity was observed in AV at day180. While AV induced early changes in cell-surface molecules on monocytes, CD4(+), CD8(+) T-cells and B-cells, NAV triggered minor changes, starting later on at day3. Furthermore, AV induced a late and persistent increase in TLR gene expression after day3, except for tlr4, while NAV displayed earlier but transient tlr3/4/7/9 up-regulation...
May 23, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549938/results-of-a-harmonized-endotoxin-recovery-study-protocol-evaluation-by-14-biophorum-operations-group-bpog-member-companies
#11
Jay Bolden, Michael Knight, Shahrzad Stockman, Bastian Omokoko
Significant regulatory and biopharmaceutical manufacturing attention has been recently generated regarding the inability to recover purified lipopolysaccharide in certain biopharmaceutical products, specifically those containing a chelator and surfactant. Disparate data has been generated and submitted during regulatory review. Study design is thought to significantly impact, and cause the confounding data. The BioPhorum Operations Group (BPOG) is an industry consortium of biopharmaceutical manufacturers. A BPOG team developed a collaborative experiment to determine if multiple laboratories could execute a harmonized protocol and reach equivalent conclusions...
May 23, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549933/orexin-exerts-excitatory-effects-on-reticulospinal-neurons-in-the-rat-gigantocellular-reticular-nucleus-through-the-activation-of-postsynaptic-orexin-1-and-orexin-2-receptors
#12
Nian Yang, Guan-Zhong Wang, Si-Yi Wen, Qi-Cheng Qiao, Yu-Hui Liu, Jun Zhang
Previous studies have revealed that orexin may actively participate in central motor control. The gigantocellular reticular nucleus (Gi) is a key element of the brainstem motor inhibitory system. The descending orexinergic projections also reach Gi region, and microinjection of orexin into Gi causes robust muscle tone inhibition. However, the modulation effects of orexin on Gi neurons remain unclear. In the present study, using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings, we initially observed that orexin elicited an inward current in Gi neurons at a holding potential of -70mV in a concentration-dependent manner...
May 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549889/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dual-brd4-hdac-inhibitors
#13
Seika Amemiya, Takao Yamaguchi, Yuichi Hashimoto, Tomomi Noguchi-Yachide
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression via histone acetylation modulates many cellular processes, including apoptosis, the cell cycle, cell growth and differentiation, and inhibitors are promising drug candidates. We have previously developed inhibitors of BRD4, which recognizes acetylated lysine residue on histones and recruits transcription elongation factor to the transcription start site, while inhibitors of histone deacetylase (HDAC), which catalyzes the removal of acetyl groups on histones, are already in clinical use for cancer treatment...
May 17, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549856/three-decades-of-managing-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-in-peanut-in-southeastern-united-states
#14
REVIEW
R Srinivasan, M R Abney, A K Culbreath, R C Kemerait, R S Tubbs, W S Monfort, H R Pappu
Southeastern states namely Georgia, Florida, and Alabama produce two-thirds of the peanuts in the United States. Thrips-transmitted Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV), which causes spotted wilt disease, has been a major impediment to peanut production for the past three decades. The cultivars grown in the 1980s were extremely susceptible to TSWV. Early yield losses extended to tens of millions of dollars each year (up to 100% loss in many fields). This situation led to the creation of an interdisciplinary team known as "SWAT: Spotted Wilt Action Team"...
May 23, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549789/systematic-approaches-to-adverse-events-in-obstetrics-part-i-event-identification-and-classification
#15
Christian M Pettker
Despite our best intentions to improve health when a patient presents for care, adverse events are ubiquitous in medical practice today. Known complications related to the course of a patient's illness or condition or to the characteristics of the treatment have been an openly stated part of taking care of patients for centuries. However, it is only in the past decade that preventable adverse events, instances of harm related to error and deviations in accepted practice have become a primary part of these conversations...
May 23, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549722/deficient-prepulse-inhibition-in-schizophrenia-in-a-multi-site-cohort-internal-replication-and-extension
#16
Neal R Swerdlow, Gregory A Light, Michael L Thomas, Joyce Sprock, Monica E Calkins, Michael F Green, Tiffany A Greenwood, Raquel E Gur, Ruben C Gur, Laura C Lazzeroni, Keith H Nuechterlein, Allen D Radant, Larry J Seidman, Larry J Siever, Jeremy M Silverman, William S Stone, Catherine A Sugar, Debby W Tsuang, Ming T Tsuang, Bruce I Turetsky, David L Braff
BACKGROUND: The Consortium on the Genetics of Schizophrenia (COGS) collected case-control endophenotype and genetic information from 2457 patients and healthy subjects (HS) across 5 test sites over 3.5 years. Analysis of the first "wave" (W1) of 1400 subjects identified prepulse inhibition (PPI) deficits in patients vs. HS. Data from the second COGS "wave" (W2), and the combined W(1+2), were used to assess: 1) the replicability of PPI deficits in this design; 2) the impact of response criteria on PPI deficits; and 3) PPI in a large cohort of antipsychotic-free patients...
May 23, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549623/standardising-rna-profiling-based-biomarker-application-in-cancer-the-need-for-robust-control-of-technical-variables
#17
REVIEW
James P Stewart, Susan Richman, Tim Maughan, Mark Lawler, Philip D Dunne, Manuel Salto-Tellez
Histopathology-based staging of colorectal cancer (CRC) has utility in assessing the prognosis of patient subtypes, but as yet cannot accurately predict individual patient's treatment response. Transcriptomics approaches, using array based or next generation sequencing (NGS) platforms, of formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue can be harnessed to develop multi-gene biomarkers for predicting both prognosis and treatment response, leading to stratification of treatment. While transcriptomics can shape future biomarker development, currently <1% of published biomarkers become clinically validated tests, often due to poor study design or lack of independent validation...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549618/role-of-transcriptional-bursts-in-cellular-oscillations
#18
N Almeira, S Risau-Gusman
Genetic oscillators are present in the cells of many organisms and control several biological processes. The common feature of such oscillators is the presence of a protein which represses the transcription of its own gene. Recently, it has been shown that for many genes transcription is not a continuous process, but that it proceeds in bursts. We study here the relationship between bursty transcription and the robustness of protein oscillations. We concentrate on the temporal profile of mRNA production by studying regimes where this profile changes but the amount of mRNA produced is kept fixed...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549545/developmental-and-internal-validation-of-a-novel-13-loci-str-multiplex-method-for-cannabis-sativa-dna-profiling
#19
Rachel Houston, Matthew Birck, Sheree Hughes-Stamm, David Gangitano
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) is a plant cultivated and trafficked worldwide as a source of fiber (hemp), medicine, and intoxicant. The development of a validated method using molecular techniques such as short tandem repeats (STRs) could serve as an intelligence tool to link multiple cases by means of genetic individualization or association of cannabis samples. For this purpose, a 13 loci STR multiplex method was developed, optimized, and validated according to relevant ISFG and SWGDAM guidelines. The STR multiplex consists of 13 previously described C...
May 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549425/fast-and-robust-adjustment-of-cell-mixtures-in-epigenome-wide-association-studies-with-smartsva
#20
Jun Chen, Ehsan Behnam, Jinyan Huang, Miriam F Moffatt, Daniel J Schaid, Liming Liang, Xihong Lin
BACKGROUND: One problem that plagues epigenome-wide association studies is the potential confounding due to cell mixtures when purified target cells are not available. Reference-free adjustment of cell mixtures has become increasingly popular due to its flexibility and simplicity. However, existing methods are still not optimal: increased false positive rates and reduced statistical power have been observed in many scenarios. METHODS: We develop SmartSVA, an optimized surrogate variable analysis (SVA) method, for fast and robust reference-free adjustment of cell mixtures...
May 26, 2017: BMC Genomics
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