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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913695/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-coenzyme-q10-in-huntington-disease
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Andrew McGarry, Michael McDermott, Karl Kieburtz, Elisabeth A de Blieck, Flint Beal, Karen Marder, Christopher Ross, Ira Shoulson, Peter Gilbert, William M Mallonee, Mark Guttman, Joanne Wojcieszek, Rajeev Kumar, Mark S LeDoux, Mary Jenkins, H Diana Rosas, Martha Nance, Kevin Biglan, Peter Como, Richard M Dubinsky, Kathleen M Shannon, Padraig O'Suilleabhain, Kelvin Chou, Francis Walker, Wayne Martin, Vicki L Wheelock, Elizabeth McCusker, Joseph Jankovic, Carlos Singer, Juan Sanchez-Ramos, Burton Scott, Oksana Suchowersky, Stewart A Factor, Donald S Higgins, Eric Molho, Fredy Revilla, John N Caviness, Joseph H Friedman, Joel S Perlmutter, Andrew Feigin, Karen Anderson, Ramon Rodriguez, Nikolaus R McFarland, Russell L Margolis, Eric S Farbman, Lynn A Raymond, Valerie Suski, Sandra Kostyk, Amy Colcher, Lauren Seeberger, Eric Epping, Sherali Esmail, Nancy Diaz, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Alan Diamond, Samuel Frank, Philip Hanna, Neal Hermanowicz, Leon S Dure, Merit Cudkowicz
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that chronic treatment of early-stage Huntington disease (HD) with high-dose coenzyme Q10 (CoQ) will slow the progressive functional decline of HD. METHODS: We performed a multicenter randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with early-stage HD (n = 609) were enrolled at 48 sites in the United States, Canada, and Australia from 2008 to 2012. Patients were randomized to receive either CoQ 2,400 mg/d or matching placebo, then followed for 60 months...
December 2, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911318/the-correlation-between-inflammatory-biomarkers-and-polygenic-risk-score-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease
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Angharad R Morgan, Samuel Touchard, Caroline O'Hagan, Rebecca Sims, Elisa Majounie, Valentina Escott-Price, Lesley Jones, Julie Williams, B Paul Morgan
Plasma biomarkers to aid the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) or to monitor disease progression have long been sought and continue to be widely studied. Biomarkers that correlate with AD polygenic risk score, a measure of the polygenic architecture of the disease and highly predictive of AD status, would be excellent candidates. Therefore, we undertook a preliminary study to assess the association of plasma inflammatory biomarkers with an overall AD polygenic risk score as well as with an inflammation-specific AD polygenic risk score in a sample set of 93 AD cases...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907834/effects-of-drought-on-child-health-in-marsabit-district-northern-kenya
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Jan M Bauer, Samuel Mburu
This study uses five years of panel data (2009-2013) for Northern Kenya's Marsabit district to analyze the levels and extent of malnutrition among children aged five and under in that area. We measure drought based on the standardized normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and assess its effect on child health using mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). The results show that approximately 20 percent of the children in the study area are malnourished and a one standard deviation increase in NDVI z-score decreases the probability of child malnourishment by 12-16 percent...
November 17, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907269/remission-rates-with-tofacitinib-treatment-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-comparison-of-various-remission-criteria
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Josef S Smolen, Daniel Aletaha, David Gruben, Samuel H Zwillich, Sriram Krishnaswami, Charles Mebus
OBJECTIVE: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Throughout tofacitinib clinical studies, a 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28)-based analysis was used to assess outcomes. In this study, remission rates by various remission criteria were evaluated across five Phase 3 randomized controlled studies. METHODS: Tofacitinib was dosed 5 or 10 mg twice daily (BID), either as monotherapy, or with background methotrexate or other conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903589/impact-of-left-atrial-appendage-closure-during-cardiac-surgery-on-the-occurrence-of-early-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-stroke-and-mortality-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis-of-10-633-patients
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Rowlens M Melduni, Hartzell V Schaff, Hon-Chi Lee, Bernard J Gersh, Peter A Noseworthy, Kent R Bailey, Naser M Ammash, Stephen S Cha, Kaniz Fatema, Waldemar E Wysokinski, James B Seward, Douglas L Packer, Charanjit S Rihal, Samuel J Asirvatham
BACKGROUND: -Prophylactic exclusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is often performed during cardiac surgery ostensibly to reduce the risk of stroke. However, the clinical impact of LAA closure in humans remains inconclusive. METHODS: -Out of 10,633 adults who underwent CABG and/or valve surgery between January 2000 and December 2005, 9,792 patients with complete baseline characteristics, surgery procedure and follow-up data were included in this analysis. A propensity-score matching analysis based on 28 pretreatment covariates was performed and 461 matching pairs were derived and analyzed to estimate the association of LAA closure with early postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) (AF ≤30 days of surgery), ischemic stroke and mortality...
November 30, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895678/prostate-brachytherapy-in-ghana-our-initial-experience
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James Edward Mensah, Joel Yarney, Verna Vanderpuye, Evans Akpakli, Samuel Tagoe, Evans Sasu
PURPOSE: This study presents the experience of a brachytherapy team in Ghana with a focus on technology transfer and outcome. The team was initially proctored by experienced physicians from Europe and South Africa. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 90 consecutive patients underwent either brachytherapy alone or brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiotherapy for prostate carcinoma between July 2008 and February 2014 at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana...
October 2016: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894851/effectiveness-of-insecticide-treated-bednets-in-malaria-prevention-in-haiti-a-case-control-study
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Laura C Steinhardt, Yvan St Jean, Daniel Impoinvil, Kimberly E Mace, Ryan Wiegand, Curtis S Huber, Jean Semé Fils Alexandre, Joseph Frederick, Emery Nkurunziza, Samuel Jean, Brian Wheeler, Ellen Dotson, Laurence Slutsker, S Patrick Kachur, John W Barnwell, Jean Frantz Lemoine, Michelle A Chang
BACKGROUND: Insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs) are effective in preventing malaria where vectors primarily bite indoors and late at night, but their effectiveness is uncertain where vectors bite outdoors and earlier in the evening. We studied the effectiveness of ITNs following a mass distribution in Haiti from May to September, 2012, where the Anopheles albimanus vector bites primarily outdoors and often when people are awake. METHODS: In this case-control study, we enrolled febrile patients presenting to outpatient departments at 17 health facilities throughout Haiti from Sept 4, 2012, to Feb 27, 2014, who were tested with malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), and administered questionnaires on ITN use and other risk factors...
November 25, 2016: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893870/associations-between-hydration-status-intravenous-fluid-administration-and-outcomes-of-patients-infected-with-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Silviu Grisaru, Jianling Xie, Susan Samuel, Lisa Hartling, Phillip I Tarr, David Schnadower, Stephen B Freedman
Importance: The associations between hydration status, intravenous fluid administration, and outcomes of patients infected with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) remain unclear. Objective: To determine the relationship between hydration status, the development and severity of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and adverse outcomes in STEC-infected individuals. Data Sources: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials via the OvidSP platform, PubMed via the National Library of Medicine, CINAHL Plus with full text, Scopus, Web of Science, ClinicalTrials...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889300/tofacitinib-versus-biologic-treatments-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-who-have-had-an-inadequate-response-to-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitors-results-from-a-network-meta-analysis
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Maria-Cecilia Vieira, Samuel H Zwillich, Jeroen P Jansen, Brielan Smiechowski, Dean Spurden, Gene V Wallenstein
PURPOSE: Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This analysis compared the efficacy and safety of tofacitinib with biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in patients with RA and a prior inadequate response (IR) to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi). METHODS: A systematic literature review identified 5 randomized placebo-controlled trials that evaluated tofacitinib or biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) against placebo in patient populations with RA with a prior IR to TNFi...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886569/effects-of-a-right-unilateral-ultrabrief-pulse-electroconvulsive-therapy-course-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-elderly-depressed-patients
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W Vaughn McCall, Sarah H Lisanby, Peter B Rosenquist, Mary Dooley, Mustafa M Husain, Rebecca G Knapp, Georgios Petrides, Matthew V Rudorfer, Robert C Young, Shawn M McClintock, Martina Mueller, Joan Prudic, Robert M Greenberg, Richard D Weiner, Samuel H Bailine, Mary Anne Riley, Laryssa McCloud, Charles H Kellner
INTRODUCTION: Patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) referred for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have poorer Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL), compared with other patients with MDD, but ECT is associated with significant and durable improvement in HRQOL. However, no prior research has focused exclusively on elderly patients with MDD receiving ECT. METHODS: HRQOL data from 240 depressed patients over the age of 60 was measured with the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF-36)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870806/outpatientanterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-is-associated-with-fewer-short-term-complications-inone-and-two-level-cases-a-propensity-adjusted-analysis
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Michael C Fu, Jordan A Gruskay, Andre M Samuel, Evan D Sheha, Peter B Derman, Sravisht Iyer, Jonathan N Grauer, Todd J Albert
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of prospectively-collected data from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database. OBJECTIVE: To determine the postoperative morbidity of one-level and two-level outpatient anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) relative to inpatient cases, and risk factors for post-discharge complications. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF is increasingly performed as an outpatient procedure, with evidence demonstrating outpatient one-level ACDF to be associated with fewer postoperative complications than inpatients...
November 18, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869528/the-association-between-measures-of-fitness-and-metabolic-health-in-treatment-seeking-youth-with-obesity
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Emily Hill Guseman, Samuel P Cauffman, Jared M Tucker, Lucie Smith, Joey C Eisenmann, William Stratbucker
BACKGROUND: Both cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and measures of muscular fitness are associated with metabolic syndrome in adults. However, limited information exists about these relationships in youth with severe obesity who are at increased risk of metabolic dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between fitness and metabolic health in treatment-seeking youth with obesity. METHODS: Data for this analysis were collected at the time of baseline visits at a stage 3 pediatric weight management center...
November 21, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869105/an-open-access-database-for-the-evaluation-of-heart-sound-algorithms
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Chengyu Liu, David Springer, Qiao Li, Benjamin Moody, Ricardo Abad Juan, Francisco J Chorro, Francisco Castells, José Millet Roig, Ikaro Silva, Alistair E W Johnson, Zeeshan Syed, Samuel E Schmidt, Chrysa D Papadaniil, Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Hosein Naseri, Ali Moukadem, Alain Dieterlen, Christian Brandt, Hong Tang, Maryam Samieinasab, Mohammad Reza Samieinasab, Reza Sameni, Roger G Mark, Gari D Clifford
In the past few decades, analysis of heart sound signals (i.e. the phonocardiogram or PCG), especially for automated heart sound segmentation and classification, has been widely studied and has been reported to have the potential value to detect pathology accurately in clinical applications. However, comparative analyses of algorithms in the literature have been hindered by the lack of high-quality, rigorously validated, and standardized open databases of heart sound recordings. This paper describes a public heart sound database, assembled for an international competition, the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology (CinC) Challenge 2016...
November 21, 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865559/analysis-of-sexual-function-of-patients-with-dermatomyositis-and-polymyositis-through-self-administered-questionnaires-a-cross-sectional-study
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Fernando Henrique Carlos de Souza, Daniel Brito de Araújo, Clovis Artur Silva, Renata Miossi, Carmita Helena Najjar Abdo, Eloisa Bonfá, Samuel Katsuyuki Shinjo
INTRODUCTION: To date, there are no descriptions in the literature on gynecologic and sexual function evaluation in female patients with dermatomyositis (DM) and polymyositis (PM). OBJECTIVE: To assess sexual function in female patients with DM/PM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a monocentric, cross-sectional study in which 23 patients (16 DM and 7 PM), with ages between 18 and 40 years, were compared to 23 healthy women of the same age group...
November 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859277/a-cell-wall-reference-profile-for-miscanthus-bioenergy-crops-highlights-compositional-and-structural-variations-associated-with%C3%A2-development-and-organ-origin
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Ricardo M F da Costa, Sivakumar Pattathil, Utku Avci, Scott J Lee, Samuel P Hazen, Ana Winters, Michael G Hahn, Maurice Bosch
Miscanthus spp. are promising lignocellulosic energy crops, but cell wall recalcitrance to deconstruction still hinders their widespread use as bioenergy and biomaterial feedstocks. Identification of cell wall characteristics desirable for biorefining applications is crucial for lignocellulosic biomass improvement. However, the task of scoring biomass quality is often complicated by the lack of a reference for a given feedstock. A multidimensional cell wall analysis was performed to generate a reference profile for leaf and stem biomass from several miscanthus genotypes harvested at three developmentally distinct time points...
November 15, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856481/cohort-study-investigating-the-relationship-between-cholesterol-cardiovascular-risk-score-and-the-prescribing-of-statins-in-uk-primary-care-study-protocol
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Samuel Finnikin, Ronan Ryan, Tom Marshall
INTRODUCTION: Risk scoring is an integral part of the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and should form the basis for the decision to offer medication to reduce cholesterol (statins). However, there is a suggestion in the literature that many patients are still initiated on statins based on raised cholesterol rather than a raised CVD risk. It is important, therefore, to investigate the role that lipid levels and CVD risks have in the decision to prescribe. This research will establish how cholesterol levels and CVD risk independently influence the prescribing of statins for the primary prevention of CVD in primary care...
November 17, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856208/randomized-comparison-of-allogeneic-vs-autologous-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-non-lschemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-poseidon-dcm-trial
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Joshua M Hare, Darcy L DiFede, Angela M Castellanos, Victoria Florea, Ana M Landin, Jill El-Khorazaty, Aisha Khan, Muzammil Mushtaq, Maureen H Lowery, John J Byrnes, Robert C Hendel, Mauricio G Cohen, Carlos E Alfonso, Krystalenia Valasaki, Marietsy V Pujol, Samuel Golpanian, Eduard Ghersin, Joel E Fishman, Pradip Pattany, Samirah A Gomes, Cindy Delgado, Roberto Miki, Fouad Abuzeid, Mayra Vidro-Casiano, Courtney Premer, Audrey Medina, Valeria Porras, Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Erica Anderson, Adam Mendizabal, Raul Mitrani, Alan W Heldman
BACKGROUND: While human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) have been tested in ischemic cardiomyopathy, few studies exist in chronic non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM). OBJECTIVES: The POSEIDON-DCM trial is a randomized comparison of safety and efficacy of autologous (auto) vs. allogeneic (allo) bone marrow-derived hMSCs in NIDCM. METHODS: Thirty-seven patients were randomized to either allo- or auto-hMSCs in a 1:1 ratio. Patients were recruited between December 2011 and July 2015 at the University of Miami Hospital...
November 14, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855702/tumor-immune-microenvironment-characterization-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-identifies-prognostic-and-immunotherapeutically-relevant-messenger-rna-signatures
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Yasin Şenbabaoğlu, Ron S Gejman, Andrew G Winer, Ming Liu, Eliezer M Van Allen, Guillermo de Velasco, Diana Miao, Irina Ostrovnaya, Esther Drill, Augustin Luna, Nils Weinhold, William Lee, Brandon J Manley, Danny N Khalil, Samuel D Kaffenberger, Yingbei Chen, Ludmila Danilova, Martin H Voss, Jonathan A Coleman, Paul Russo, Victor E Reuter, Timothy A Chan, Emily H Cheng, David A Scheinberg, Ming O Li, Toni K Choueiri, James J Hsieh, Chris Sander, A Ari Hakimi
BACKGROUND: Tumor-infiltrating immune cells have been linked to prognosis and response to immunotherapy; however, the levels of distinct immune cell subsets and the signals that draw them into a tumor, such as the expression of antigen presenting machinery genes, remain poorly characterized. Here, we employ a gene expression-based computational method to profile the infiltration levels of 24 immune cell populations in 19 cancer types. RESULTS: We compare cancer types using an immune infiltration score and a T cell infiltration score and find that clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is among the highest for both scores...
November 17, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853657/the-effect-of-obesity-on-the-improvement-in-health-state-outcomes-following-minimally-invasive-transforaminal-interbody-fusion
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Steven J McAnany, Diana C Patterson, Samuel Overley, Daniel Alicea, Javier Guzman, Sheeraz A Qureshi
Study Design Observational study. Objective Studies have shown a correlation between obesity and lumbar spine pathology, but also that obese patients have higher rates of complication following lumbar spine surgery. It is unknown if obese patients have clinical gains following lumbar spine surgery comparable to the gain of normal-weight patients. This study investigated the correlation of obesity and the delta change in outcomes in a single surgeon's cohort of normal-weight and obese patients undergoing minimally invasive (MIS) transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)...
December 2016: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851752/effectiveness-of-educational-technology-in-promoting-quality-of-life-and-treatment-adherence-in-hypertensive-people
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Ana Célia Caetano de Souza, Thereza Maria Magalhaes Moreira, Edmar Souza de Oliveira, Anaíze Viana Bezerra de Menezes, Aline Maria Oliveira Loureiro, Camila Brasileiro de Araújo Silva, Jair Gomes Linard, Italo Lennon Sales de Almeida, Samuel Miranda Mattos, José Wicto Pereira Borges
The objective of this study was to test the effectiveness of an educational intervention with use of educational technology (flipchart) to promote quality of life (QOL) and treatment adherence in people with hypertension. It was an intervention study of before-and-after type conducted with 116 hypertensive people registered in Primary Health Care Units. The educational interventions were conducted using the flipchart educational technology. Quality of life was assessed through the MINICHAL (lowest score = better QOL) and the QATSH (higher score = better adherence) was used to assess the adherence to hypertension treatment...
2016: PloS One
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