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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545117/on-tests-of-treatment-covariate-interactions-an-illustration-of-appropriate-power-and-sample-size-calculations
#1
Gwowen Shieh
The appraisals of treatment-covariate interaction have theoretical and substantial implications in all scientific fields. Methodologically, the detection of interaction between categorical treatment levels and continuous covariate variables is analogous to the homogeneity of regression slopes test in the context of ANCOVA. A fundamental assumption of ANCOVA is that the regression slopes associating the response variable with the covariate variable are presumed constant across treatment groups. The validity of homogeneous regression slopes accordingly is the most essential concern in traditional ANCOVA and inevitably determines the practical usefulness of research findings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544311/impact-of-body-mass-index-on-robotic-radical-cystectomy-with-intra-corporeal-urinary-diversion
#2
Nariman Ahmadi, Thomas G Clifford, Gus Miranda, Jie Cai, Monish Aron, Mihir M Desai, Inderbir S Gill
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of body mass index (BMI) on peri-operative and oncological outcomes following robotic radical cystectomy (RRC) with intra-corporeal urinary diversion (ICUD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 216 patients undergoing RRC, extended lymphadenectomy and ICUD (07/2010-12/2015) were categorized into four BMI groups according to the 2004 World Health Organization (WHO) obesity classification: <25 kg/m(2) (normal), 25-29.9 kg/m(2) (pre-obese), 30-34...
May 22, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543179/genetic-ancestry-and-prostate-cancer-susceptibility-snps-in-puerto-rican-and-african-american-men
#3
Margarita Irizarry-Ramírez, Rick A Kittles, Xuemei Wang, Jeannette Salgado-Montilla, Graciela M Nogueras-González, Ricardo Sánchez-Ortiz, Lourdes Guerrios, Keila Rivera, Ebony Shah, Ina Prokhorova, Pamela Roberson, Patricia Troncoso, Curtis A Pettaway
BACKGROUND: The Puerto Rican (PR) population is a racially admixed population that has a high prostate cancer (PCa) mortality rate. We hypothesized in this pilot study that West African Ancestry (WAA) was associated with PCa in this heterogeneous (PR) population. METHODS: A case/case and case/control study was performed. Controls, 207 African American (AA) and 133 PR were defined as men with no PCa, a serum PSA < 2.5 ng/mL and a negative rectal examination...
May 24, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543084/population-pharmacokinetics-and-exposure-response-assessment-of-cc-292-a-potent-btk-inhibitor-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#4
Yan Li, Francisco Ramírez-Valle, Yongjun Xue, Judith I Ventura, Olivier Gouedard, Jay Mei, Kenichi Takeshita, Maria Palmisano, Simon Zhou
CC-292, a potent Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is under development for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. An analysis was performed to develop a population pharmacokinetic model of CC-292 and assess the influence of demographics and disease-related covariates on CC-292 exposure and to assess the exposure-response (overall response rate) relationship in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Population pharmacokinetic analysis was based on a 2-compartment base model conducted in NONMEM. Categorical exposure-response analysis was performed using logistic regression in SAS...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540101/health-status-and-lifestyle-habits-of-us-medical-students-a-longitudinal-study
#5
B J Brehm, S S Summer, J C Khoury, A T Filak, M A Lieberman, J E Heubi
BACKGROUND: Evidence shows that physicians and medical students who engage in healthy lifestyle habits are more likely to counsel patients about such behaviors. Yet medical school is a challenging time that may bring about undesired changes to health and lifestyle habits. AIMS: This study assessed changes in students' health and lifestyle behaviors during medical school. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In a longitudinal study, students were assessed at both the beginning and end of medical school...
November 2016: Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539746/protective-effect-of-sorrel-extract-on-adult-rats-treated-by-carbon-tetrachloride
#6
Abdullah Glil Alkushi
CONTEXT: Heart, kidneys, and liver are the vital organs present in vertebrates and some other animals. They have a wide range of functions, such as maintaining homeostasis, detoxification, protein synthesis, and production of biochemical, that are necessary for digestion and maintaining circulation. These organs are necessary for the survival, and currently, there are no means to compensate for the absence of their functionalities in a long term. The damage of liver can affect other vital organs, including kidneys and heart...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539117/bmi-for-age-graphs-with-severe-obesity-percentile-curves-tools-for-plotting-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-youth-bmi-data
#7
Susan B Racette, Liyang Yu, Nicholas C DuPont, B Ruth Clark
BACKGROUND: Severe obesity is an important and distinct weight status classification that is associated with disease risk and is increasing in prevalence among youth. The ability to graphically present population weight status data, ranging from underweight through severe obesity class 3, is novel and applicable to epidemiologic research, intervention studies, case reports, and clinical care. METHODS: The aim was to create body mass index (BMI) graphing tools to generate sex-specific BMI-for-age graphs that include severe obesity percentile curves...
May 24, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536791/hexafluoroisopropanol-mediated-cloud-point-extraction-of-organic-pollutants-in-water-with-analysis-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#8
Jia Xu, Yunfang Li, Cao Li, Rui Zhang, Yuxiu Xiao
A hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP)-mediated cloud point extraction (CPE) system was established. A small amount of HFIP (even 1%, v/v) can dramatically reduce the cloud point of Triton X-100 (TX-100) aqueous solution (even to 1 °C) and make liquid-liquid two-phase separation (coacervate phase and aqueous phase) occur at room temperature over a wide range of TX-100 concentration (0.5∼10%, g/mL). HFIP-mediated coacervate phase has smaller volume (volume ratio is 1.8∼8.9% relative to the volume of the total solution with 1∼5% TX-100) and larger micelle aggregates (30∼80 nm in diameter) compared to temperature-induced coacervate phase (volume ratio at 2...
May 24, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534783/nahal-flex-a-numerical-and-alphabetical-hinge-detection-algorithm-for-flexible-protein-structure-alignment
#9
Samira Fotoohifiroozabadi, Mohd Saberi Mohamad, Safaai Deris
Flexible proteins are proteins that have conformational changes in their structures. Protein flexibility analysis is critical for classifying and understanding protein functionality. For that analysis, the hinge areas where proteins show flexibility must be detected. To detect the location of the hinges, previous methods have utilized the three-dimensional (3D) structure of proteins, which is highly computational. To reduce the computational complexity, this study proposes a novel text-based method using structural alphabets (SAs) for detecting the hinge position, called NAHAL-Flex...
May 17, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534080/pathologic-complete-response-rates-after-neoadjuvant-treatment-in-rectal-cancer-an-analysis-of-the-national-cancer-database
#10
Patrick D Lorimer, Benjamin M Motz, Russell C Kirks, Danielle M Boselli, Kendall K Walsh, Roshan S Prabhu, Joshua S Hill, Jonathan C Salo
BACKGROUND: Pathologic complete response (pCR) of rectal cancer following neoadjuvant therapy is associated with decreased local recurrence and increased overall survival. This study utilizes a national dataset to identify predictors of pCR in patients with rectal cancer. METHODS: The National Cancer Database was queried for patients with nonmetastatic rectal cancer (2004-2014) who underwent neoadjuvant therapy and surgical resection. Unadjusted associations were assessed using rank-sum tests and χ (2) tests where appropriate...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526653/genetic-variants-of-interleukin-18-are-associated-with-reduced-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-population-from-northeast-china
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Ying-Hui Wang, Lin Fu, Bo Wang, Shu-Feng Li, Zhao Sun, Ying Luan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects approximately 1-2% of general population. Chronic inflammation plays an important role in AF development and interleukin-18 (IL-18) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine. This study aimed to assess the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of IL-18 for with AF risk. Blood samples were taken from 243 AF patients and 160 non-AF individuals from a Chinese population and subjected to genotyping for six IL-18 SNPs using the MassArray system. Association of individual SNPs with AF risk was analyzed using SAS version 9...
May 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526444/the-development-of-a-novel-shade-selection-program-for-fixed-shade-translucent-dental-materials
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Melody N Carney, William M Johnston
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to develop a shade selection program that predicts the shade choice with the smallest CIEDE2000 color difference for dental composite resin restorations when given a backing and target shade. By utilizing previously generated regression models, a database of spectral reflectance information, and principles of Kubelka-Munk layering, a highly accurate shade selection program was designed. METHODS: Using SAS 9.3 Statistical Analysis Software, a shade selection program was developed that incorporated Kubelka-Munk layering data of Herculite Ultra and Estelite Omega composite resins from a characterized database of absorption and scattering information...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526243/histopathology-in-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction-with-and-without-crossing-vessels
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Madeline Cancian, Gyan Pareek, Anthony Caldamone, Liza Aguiar, Hai Wang, Ali Amin
OBJECTIVE: To determine if the histopathology of the ureteropelvic junction differs between those with and without crossing vessels who present with a ureteropelvic junction obstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our database was queried for patients undergoing pyeloplasty (CPT 50400, 50405, 50544) between 6/1/2002 to 3/10/3016. We excluded patients with other renal anatomic abnormalities and patients undergoing surgery for upper tract tumor. One genitourinary pathologist reviewed all slides for muscle hypertrophy, fibrosis, edema and inflammation...
May 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525494/optimal-entry-point-and-trajectory-for-anterior-c1-lateral-mass-screw
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Yong Hu, Wei-Xin Dong, William Ryan Spiker, Zhen-Shan Yuan, Xiao-Yang Sun, Jiao Zhang, Hui Xie, Todd J Albert
STUDY DESIGN: A radiographic analysis of the anatomy of the C1 lateral mass using computed tomography (CT) scans and Mimics software. OBJECTIVE: To define the anatomy of the C1 lateral mass and make recommendations for optimal entry point and trajectory for anterior C1 lateral mass screws. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although various posterior insertion angles and entry points for screw insertion have been proposed for posterior C1 lateral mass screws, no large series have been performed to assess the ideal entry point and optimal trajectory for anterior C1 lateral mass screw placement...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525484/a-retrospective-analysis-of-subaxial-subluxation-after-atlanto-axial-arthrodesis-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-based-on-annual-radiographs-obtained-for-5-years
#15
Haku Iizuka, Yoichi Iizuka, Tokue Mieda, Ryoichi Kobayashi, Masahiro Nishinome, Tsuyoshi Ara, Yasunori Sorimachi, Takashi Nakajima, Kenji Takagishi
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence of subaxial subluxation (SAS) after atlanto-axial arthrodesis in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients using annual radiographs obtained for 5 years and clarify the characteristics of SAS after surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Rheumatoid SAS has been reported to occur after atlanto-axial arthrodesis. Many authors have noted that excessive correction of the atlanto-axial angle (AAA) results in a decrease in subaxial lordosis, thereby inducing SAS; therefore, we paid special attention to acquiring a suitable AAA in patients with atlanto-axial arthrodesis...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523321/autoimmune-hepatitis-with-sclerosing-cholangitis-in-a-patient-with-thiopurine-methyltransferase-deficiency-case-presentation
#16
Sorin Claudiu Man, Cristina Nicoleta Schnell, Valentina Sas, Anca Dana Buzoianu, Dan Gheban
The association between two autoimmune diseases is known in the literature as overlap syndrome. We present the case of an 18-year-old boy, diagnosed at the age of 13 with an overlap syndrome between type I autoimmune hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis. The response to immunosuppressant therapy was hampered by azathioprine-induced toxicity causing severe pancytopenia, as a result of thiopurine methyltransferase enzyme genetic deficiency. Treatment was replaced by mycophenolate mofetil. Although the relapse rate was reduced, the disease progressed to cirrhosis...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522207/outcomes-of-post-traumatic-tibial-osteomyelitis-treated-with-an-orthofix-lrs-versus-an-ilizarov-external-fixator
#17
Yilizati Yilihamu, Ajimu Keremu, Alimujiang Abulaiti, Xiayimaierdan Maimaiti, Peng Ren, Aihemaitijiang Yusufu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the therapeutic effects of the Orthofix limb reconstruction system (LRS) versus the Ilizarov external fixator on osteomyelitis of a tibial bone defect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Among 153 patients hospitalized for bone lengthening therapy from January 1, 1996 to January 1, 2015, 129 patients were selected for a retrospective analysis. Forty-three of the candidate patients were treated using the Orthofix LRS and the other 86 were treated using an Ilizarov external fixator...
May 3, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521735/exercise-and-eating-habits-among-urban-adolescents-a-cross-sectional-study-in-kolkata-india
#18
Soumitra Kumar, Saumitra Ray, Debabrata Roy, Kajal Ganguly, Sibananda Dutta, Tanmay Mahapatra, Sanchita Mahapatra, Kinnori Gupta, Kaushik Chakraborty, Mrinal Kanti Das, Santanu Guha, Pradip K Deb, Amal K Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Unhealthy eating and lack of exercise during adolescence culminated into earlier onset and increasing burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) worldwide. Among urban Indian adolescents, prevalence of these risk factors of CVD seemed to be high, but data regarding their pattern and predictors was limited. To address this dearth of information, a survey was conducted among urban adolescent school-students in Kolkata, a highly populated metro city in eastern India...
May 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521528/prevention-and-control-of-emergent-infectious-disease-with-high-specific-antigen-sensor
#19
Hongzhe Zhang, Shanshan Zhang, Nan Liu
This study aims to evaluate the application of a new type of high specificity antigen sensor in detecting the viruses in sudden infectious diseases. Influenza A (H1N1) virus immunosensor was used for the respective determination of the six kinds of antigens of H1N1, H3N2 viral protein, HA protein of H7N9, influenza B virus, adenovirus, and EV71 virus of same dilution degree on the Screen Printed Carbon Electrode (SPCE), so as to test the specificity of the detection method. In addition, various batches of chick embryo allantoic saliva dilution simulation samples were also detected on their recovery (accuracy), repeatability (precision), and stability...
May 18, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521328/assessment-of-100-rapid-review-as-an-effective-tool-for-internal-quality-control-in-cytopathological-services
#20
José Queiroz Filho, Janaina Cristiana de Oliveira Crispim Freitas, Daliana Caldas Pessoa, José Eleutério Júnior, Paulo César Giraldo, Ana Katherine Gonçalves
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the 100% rapid review (100%-RR) as an effective tool for internal quality control (IQC) in gynecological cytopathology services. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 8,677 swabs were analyzed; the negative results were submitted to 100%-RR. Divergent cases were discussed in a consensus meeting to reach a conclusion on the final diagnosis. The data were entered into SAS statistical software, and the agreement of the 100%-RR results with the final diagnosis was tested with the weighted kappa statistic...
May 19, 2017: Acta Cytologica
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