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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933734/improved-quality-of-life-in-asthma-patients-under-long-term-therapy-assessed-by-ahq-japan
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Yuji Tohda, Takashi Iwanaga, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroaki Kume, Kazuto Hirata, Noriyuki Ohkura, Isao Tachibana, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Hisako Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Minakata, Masanori Yoshikawa, Masaki Fujimura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the effects of long-term management on patient quality of life (QOL) would be extremely useful for determining asthma treatment strategies. However, no studies have evaluated QOL over an extended period of time. This study evaluated the changes in QOL, drug management and disease severity in the same asthma patients at an interval of approximately 9 years. METHODS: We re-surveyed asthma patients enrolled in a survey conducted in 2004 to evaluate the effects of approximately a decade of treatment on disease severity and QOL assessed by the Japanese Asthma Health Questionnaire (AHQ-JAPAN)...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933712/the-importance-of-mrna-structure-in-determining-the-pathogenicity-of-synonymous-and-non-synonymous-mutations-in-haemophilia
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N Hamasaki-Katagiri, B C Lin, J Simon, R C Hunt, T Schiller, E Russek-Cohen, A A Komar, H Bar, C Kimchi-Sarfaty
INTRODUCTION: Mutational analysis is commonly used to support the diagnosis and management of haemophilia. This has allowed for the generation of large mutation databases which provide unparalleled insight into genotype-phenotype relationships. Haemophilia is associated with inversions, deletions, insertions, nonsense and missense mutations. Both synonymous and non-synonymous mutations influence the base pairing of messenger RNA (mRNA), which can alter mRNA structure, cellular half-life and ribosome processivity/elongation...
December 9, 2016: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933508/patterns-of-diabetes-care-in-slovenia-croatia-serbia-bulgaria-and-romania-an-observational-non-interventional-cross-sectional-study
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Miro Cokolic, Nebojsa M Lalic, Dragan Micic, Gorana Mirosevic, Sanja Klobucar Majanovic, Ivaylo N Lefterov, Mariana Graur
BACKGROUND: National guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes in the Balkans generally follow European guidelines. The current study was undertaken to estimate the rate of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurements and level of HbA1c control in diabetic patients treated in regular clinical practice settings in the Balkans and to evaluate if providing HbA1c measurements improves adherence to treatment guidelines. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled type 2 diabetic patients treated by 79 primary care physicians and 102 specialists...
December 8, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933471/factors-associated-with-medication-non-adherence-in-patients-with-end-stage-liver-disease
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Selena Z Kuo, Marta Haftek, Jennifer C Lai
BACKGROUND: Low medication adherence is known to contribute to worse health outcomes in the general population. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the medication regimen and determine the adherence levels among patients with end-stage liver disease. METHODS: We measured adherence in patients awaiting liver transplantation at a single center using the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8), with a score <8 classified as low adherence...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933438/acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-elastography-in-the-evaluation-of-renal-parenchymal-stiffness-in-patients-with-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction
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Hatice Arioz Habibi, Rumeysa Yasemin Cicek, Sedat Giray Kandemirli, Emel Ure, Ayse Kalyoncu Ucar, Mine Aslan, Salim Caliskan, Ibrahim Adaletli
PURPOSE: To investigate the role of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography in the detection of renal parenchymal damage in kidneys with and without ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO). METHODS: Twenty-five pediatric patients with a diagnosis of UPJO who underwent surgery and 15 pediatric patients with conservatively managed UPJO were prospectively evaluated with ARFI elastography. Sixteen healthy volunteers constituted the control group. Shear wave velocity (SWV) measurements in the upper, mid, and lower poles of the affected kidney were performed...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933410/magnetic-resonance-imaging-patterns-of-treatment-related-toxicity-in-the-pediatric-brain-an-update-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Maria Camilla Rossi Espagnet, Luca Pasquini, Antonio Napolitano, Antonella Cacchione, Angela Mastronuzzi, Roberta Caruso, Paolo Tomà, Daniela Longo
Treatment-related neurotoxicity is a potentially life-threatening clinical condition that can represent a diagnostic challenge. Differentiating diagnoses between therapy-associated brain injury and recurrent disease can be difficult, and the immediate recognition of neurotoxicity is crucial to providing correct therapeutic management, ensuring damage reversibility. For these purposes, the knowledge of clinical timing and specific treatment protocols is extremely important for interpreting MRI patterns. Neuroradiologic findings are heterogeneous and sometimes overlapping, representing the compounding effect of the different treatments...
December 9, 2016: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933281/pet-imaging-of-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-upar-in-prostate-cancer-current-status-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Dorthe Skovgaard, Morten Persson, Andreas Kjaer
Overexpression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptors (uPAR) represents an important biomarker for aggressiveness in most common malignant diseases, including prostate cancer (PC). Accordingly, uPAR expression either assessed directly in malignant PC tissue or assessed directly in plasma (intact/cleaved forms)-provides independent additional clinical information to that contributed by PSA, Gleason score, and other relevant pathological and clinical parameters. In this respect, non-invasive molecular imaging by positron emission tomography (PET) offers a very attractive technology platform, which can provide the required quantitative information on the uPAR expression profile, without the need for invasive procedures and the risk of missing the target due to tumor heterogeneity...
2016: Clinical and Translational Imaging: Reviews in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933242/transtuzumab-induced-organizing-pneumonia-a-case-report
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Ajay Gupta, Louise Teo, Philip Masel, David Godbolt, Geoffrey Beadle
BACKGROUND: Patients with metastatic breast cancer often have pulmonary symptoms with varying aetiologies. Transtuzumab is an extremely important drug used in the treatment of Her 2 neu over-expressing breast cancers. In this report we describe a case of organizing pneumonia associated with use of transtuzumab in metastatic breast cancer. Only three such cases have previously been reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 43 year old lady with Her 2 neu 3+, estrogen and progesterone receptor positive, metastatic breast cancer was started on weekly transtuzumab and albumen bound paclitaxel...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933206/improving-inflammatory-arthritis-management-through-tighter-monitoring-of-patients-and-the-use-of-innovative-electronic-tools
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Piet van Riel, Rieke Alten, Bernard Combe, Diana Abdulganieva, Paola Bousquet, Molly Courtenay, Cinzia Curiale, Antonio Gómez-Centeno, Glenn Haugeberg, Burkhard Leeb, Kari Puolakka, Angelo Ravelli, Bernhard Rintelen, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
Treating to target by monitoring disease activity and adjusting therapy to attain remission or low disease activity has been shown to lead to improved outcomes in chronic rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis. Patient-reported outcomes, used in conjunction with clinical measures, add an important perspective of disease activity as perceived by the patient. Several validated PROs are available for inflammatory arthritis, and advances in electronic patient monitoring tools are helping patients with chronic diseases to self-monitor and assess their symptoms and health...
2016: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933204/risk-factors-for-developing-colorectal-cancer-in-japanese-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis-a-retrospective-observational-study-capital-cohort-and-practice-for-ibd-total-management-in-kyoto-shiga-links-study-i
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Takuya Yoshino, Hiroshi Nakase, Tomohisa Takagi, Shigeki Bamba, Yusuke Okuyama, Takuji Kawamura, Teruki Oki, Hirozumi Obata, Chiharu Kawanami, Shinji Katsushima, Toshihiro Kusaka, Tomoyuki Tsujikawa, Yuji Naito, Akira Andoh, Takafumi Kogawa
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) are at risk for developing colorectal cancer (CRC), despite the development of new therapeutic agents. Stratification of the individual UC-patient's risk would be helpful to validate the risk factors for CRC. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk factors for the development of CRC in a large cohort of patients with UC. METHODS: Data were obtained from 12 hospitals in the Kyoto-Shiga region during 2003-2013...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933179/associations-between-genetics-medical-status-physical-exercise-and-psychological-well-being-in-adults-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Lena Backström-Eriksson, Agneta Bergsten-Brucefors, Lena Hjelte, Bo Melin, Kimmo Sorjonen
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common autosomal recessive, life-shortening disease among people of European origin. Type of genetic mutation and regular physical exercise has an impact on clinical outcome. This cross-sectional study explores the associations between genetics, medical status, physical exercise and psychological well-being in adult patients with CF. METHODS: Adult patients with CF (N=68; mean age: 32.2; range 18-67 years; 46% women) completed the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised and Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale...
2016: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933133/pre-operative-clinical-and-instrumental-factors-as-antireflux-surgery-outcome-predictors
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REVIEW
Salvatore Tolone, Giorgia Gualtieri, Edoardo Savarino, Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Manuele Furnari, Giuseppina Casalino, Simona Parisi, Vincenzo Savarino, Ludovico Docimo
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is nowadays a highly prevalent, chronic condition, with 10% to 30% of Western populations affected by weekly symptoms. Many patients with mild reflux symptoms are treated adequately with lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and low-dose proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). For those with refractory GERD poorly controlled with daily PPIs, numerous treatment options exist. Fundoplication is currently the most commonly performed antireflux operation for management of GERD...
November 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933082/rna-seq-transcriptome-response-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-to-the-pathogenic-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lini
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Leonardo Galindo-González, Michael K Deyholos
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini is a hemibiotrophic fungus that causes wilt in flax. Along with rust, fusarium wilt has become an important factor in flax production worldwide. Resistant flax cultivars have been used to manage the disease, but the resistance varies, depending on the interactions between specific cultivars and isolates of the pathogen. This interaction has a strong molecular basis, but no genomic information is available on how the plant responds to attempted infection, to inform breeding programs on potential candidate genes to evaluate or improve resistance across cultivars...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933044/antibiotic-resistance-in-the-food-chain-a-developing-country-perspective
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REVIEW
Luria Leslie Founou, Raspail Carrel Founou, Sabiha Yusuf Essack
Antibiotics are now "endangered species" facing extinction due to the worldwide emergence of antibiotic resistance (ABR). Food animals are considered as key reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant bacteria with the use of antibiotics in the food production industry having contributed to the actual global challenge of ABR. There are no geographic boundaries to impede the worldwide spread of ABR. If preventive and containment measures are not applied locally, nationally and regionally, the limited interventions in one country, continent and for instance, in the developing world, could compromise the efficacy and endanger ABR containment policies implemented in other parts of the world, the best-managed high-resource countries included...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932984/curcumin-suppressed-activation-of-dendritic-cells-via-jak-stat-socs-signal-in-mice-with-experimental-colitis
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Hai-Mei Zhao, Rong Xu, Xiao-Ying Huang, Shao-Min Cheng, Min-Fang Huang, Hai-Yang Yue, Xin Wang, Yong Zou, Ai-Ping Lu, Duan-Yong Liu
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role as initiators in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease and are regulated by the JAK/STAT/SOCS signaling pathway. As a potent anti-inflammatory compound, curcumin represents a viable treatment alternative or adjunctive therapy in the management of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The mechanism of curcumin treated IBD on DCs is not completely understood. In the present study, we explored the mechanism of curcumin treated experimental colitis by observing activation of DCs via JAK/STAT/SOCS signaling pathway in colitis mice...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932892/the-evolution-of-the-diminishing-role-of-extrapleural-pneumonectomy-in-the-surgical-management-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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REVIEW
Abdel-Ghani Azzouqa, James P Stevenson
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an uncommon and aggressive thoracic malignancy that is rarely curable, even when multimodality therapy is used. Systemic chemotherapy is the primary treatment for the majority of patients with this disease; however, surgical resection may benefit a subset of patients with early-stage disease. The surgical approach that offers the best outcomes remains an area of controversy, with data from retrospective comparisons being the only guide. Historically, extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) has been the standard procedure, carrying with it a cost of significant morbidity and impact on quality of life that has raised questions regarding its routine application...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932859/central-corneal-thickness-of-iraqi-population-in-relation-to-age-gender-refractive-errors-and-corneal-curvature-a-hospital-based-cross-sectional-study
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Yasir Jawad Kadhim, Qasim K Farhood
BACKGROUND: Central corneal thickness (CCT) is an important indicator of corneal status. Its measurement provides valid information about corneal physiological condition and possible changes associated with diseases, traumas, and hypoxia. It is an integral part for interpretation of intraocular pressure and glaucoma patient management and in prerefractive procedure assessment. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the mean CCT among a normal Iraqi population and to correlate between CCT and age, gender, refraction, and corneal curvature...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932697/htra3-isoform-specific-elisas-for-early-detection-of-preeclampsia
#18
Yao Wang, Ying Li, Jonathan Hyett, Fabricio da Silva Costa, Guiying Nie
Preeclampsia is a serious disorder of human pregnancy occurring after 20 weeks of gestation. It can be divided into subtypes of early onset (<34 weeks of gestation) and late onset (>34 weeks). Presymptomatic detection to identify those at high risk is important for managing this disease. HtrA3, a serine protease with high expression in the developing placenta, exists in long (HtrA3-L) and short (HtrA3-S) isoforms. They are identical, except HtrA3-S lacks the C-terminal PDZ domain. We have previously shown by Western blot analysis that serum HtrA3 levels at the end of the first trimester are significantly higher in women who later develop preeclampsia than in controls...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932413/biomarkers-and-coronary-lesions-predict-outcomes-after-revascularization-in-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Daniel Lindholm, Stefan K James, Maria Bertilsson, Richard C Becker, Christopher P Cannon, Evangelos Giannitsis, Robert A Harrington, Anders Himmelmann, Frederic Kontny, Agneta Siegbahn, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Robert F Storey, Matthijs A Velders, W Douglas Weaver, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Risk stratification in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) is currently mainly based on clinical characteristics. With routine invasive management, angiography findings and biomarkers are available and may improve prognostication. We aimed to assess if adding biomarkers [high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (cTnT-hs), N-terminal probrain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15)] and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) might improve prognostication in revascularized patients with NSTE-ACS...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932341/older-patient-considering-treatment-for-advanced-renal-disease-protocol-for-a-scoping-review-of-the-information-available-for-shared-decision-making
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Rajesh Raj, Kiran D K Ahuja, Mai Frandsen, Matthew Jose
INTRODUCTION: Older adults constitute the largest group of patients on dialysis in most parts of the world. Management of advanced renal disease in the older adult is complex; treatment outcomes and prognosis can be markedly different from younger patients. Clinical teams caring for such patients are often called on to provide information regarding prognosis and outcomes with treatment-particularly, the comparison between having dialysis treatment versus not having dialysis. These discussions can be difficult for clinicians because they have to contend with incomplete or nascent data regarding prognosis and outcomes in this age group...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
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