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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551709/the-validity-of-a-new-structured-assessment-of-gastrointestinal-symptoms-scale-sagis-for-evaluating-symptoms-in-the-clinical-setting
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N A Koloski, M Jones, J Hammer, M von Wulffen, A Shah, H Hoelz, M Kutuyla, D Burger, N Martin, S R Gurusamy, N J Talley, G Holtmann
BACKGROUND: The clinical assessments of patients with gastrointestinal symptoms can be time-consuming, and the symptoms captured during the consultation may be influenced by a variety of patient and non-patient factors. To facilitate standardized symptom assessment in the routine clinical setting, we developed the Structured Assessment of Gastrointestinal Symptom (SAGIS) instrument to precisely characterize symptoms in a routine clinical setting. AIMS: We aimed to validate SAGIS including its reliability, construct and discriminant validity, and utility in the clinical setting...
May 27, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551477/an-evaluation-of-approaches-used-to-teach-quality-improvement-to-pre-registration-healthcare-professionals-an-integrative-review
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Lorraine Armstrong, Ashley Shepherd, Fiona Harris
BACKGROUND: Improving the quality of healthcare remains central to UK and international policy, practice and research. In 2003, The Institute of Medicine's 'Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality', advocated quality improvement as a core competency for all healthcare professionals. As a result, developing capacity and capability of those applying improvement methodologies in the pre-registration population has risen, yet, little is known about the teaching approaches employed for this purpose...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551404/harmine-is-an-inflammatory-inhibitor-through-the-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Xin Liu, Mingxia Li, Si Tan, Changhong Wang, Shengjie Fan, Cheng Huang
Harmine is a major constituent in a hallucinogenic botanical mixture ayahuasca and medical plant Peganum harmala L.. Peganum harmala L. is used for various illnesses and exhibits anti-inflammatory activity. However, the active constituents remain unclear. Here, we screened the seven alkaloids in P. harmala for their anti-inflammatory activity using an NF-κB reporter assay. We found that harmine and harmol could inhibit NF-κB transactivity. As the most abundant compound, harmine inhibited tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)- and LPS-induced NF-κB transactivity and nuclear translocation in mouse macrophage RAW 264...
May 24, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551284/the-nuclear-hormone-receptor-gene-nr2c1-tr2-is-a-critical-regulator-of-early-retina-cell-patterning
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Ana Maria Olivares, Yinan Han, David Soto, Kyle Flattery, Joseph Marini, Nissa Molemma, Ali Haider, Pascal Escher, Margaret M DeAngelis, Neena B Haider
Nuclear hormone receptors play a major role in the development of many tissues. This study uncovers a novel role for testicular receptor 2 (Tr2, Nr2c1) in defining the early phase of retinal development and regulating normal retinal cell patterning and topography. The mammalian retina undergoes an overlapping yet biphasic period of development to generate all seven retinal cell types. We discovered that Nr2c1 expression coincides with development of the early retinal cells. Loss of Nr2c1 causes a severe vision deficit and impacts early, but not late retina cell types...
May 24, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551267/ultrasonic-assisted-extraction-and-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-combined-with-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-as-an-efficient-and-sensitive-method-for-determining-of-acrylamide-in-potato-chips-samples
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Maryam Zokaei, Abdol-Samad Abedi, Marzieh Kamankesh, Saeedeh Shojaee-Aliababadi, Abdorreza Mohammadi
In this research, for the first time, we successfully developed ultrasonic-assisted extraction and dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry as a new, fast and highly sensitive method for determining of acrylamide in potato chips samples. Xanthydrol was used as a derivatization reagent and parameters affecting in the derivatization and microextraction steps were studied and optimized. Under optimum conditions, the calibration curves showed high levels of linearity (R(2)>0...
November 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550921/dissecting-malpractice-in-pancreaticoduodenectomy-cases
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Seema P Anandalwar, Anthony J Scholer, Gigio Ninan, Joseph B Oliver, Derick Christian, Jean Anderson Eloy, Ravi J Chokshi
BACKGROUND: Medical malpractice is a growing concern for physicians in all fields. Surgical fields have some of the highest malpractice premiums and litigation rates. Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) has become a popular procedure; however, it is still associated with significant morbidity and mortality. This study is the first to analyze factors involved in litigation regarding PD cases. METHODS: The Westlaw database was searched for jury verdicts and settlements using the terms "medical malpractice" and "pancreaticoduodenectomy"...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550896/pediatric-near-drowning-events-do-they-warrant-trauma-team-activation
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Pranit N Chotai, Lisa Manning, Benjamin Eithun, Joshua C Ross, James W Eubanks, Chad Hamner, Ankush Gosain
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of traumatic injuries, factors associated with mortality, and need for pediatric trauma surgery involvement for drowning and near-drowning events in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An institutional review board-approved, retrospective chart review was performed at three American College of Surgeons-verified Pediatric Trauma Centers (2011-2014). Patients with International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, codes or E-codes for fatal-nonfatal drowning, fall into water, accidental drowning, or submersion were included...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550081/randomized-controlled-trial-for-the-effect-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-vascular-stiffness-in-ckd
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Adeera Levin, Mila Tang, Taylor Perry, Nadia Zalunardo, Monica Beaulieu, Joshua A Dubland, Kelly Zerr, Ognjenka Djurdjev
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D is implicated in vascular health in CKD. This study compared placebo, calcifediol, and calcitriol treatment with changes in vascular stiffness, BP, proteinuria, mineral metabolism parameters, C-reactive protein, and fibroblast growth factor 23 in patients with stable CKD. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a double-blind, randomized controlled trial in outpatient CKD clinics in Vancouver, Canada, from February of 2011 to August of 2014, enrolling 119 patients with an eGFR of 15-45 ml/min per 1...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550029/pulmonary-function-changes-after-radiotherapy-for-lung-or-esophageal-cancer-a-systematic-review-focusing-on-dose-volume-parameters
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Anne G H Niezink, Renske A de Jong, Christina T Muijs, Johannes A Langendijk, Joachim Widder
BACKGROUND: Despite technical developments in treatment delivery, radiation-induced lung toxicity (RILT) remains a crucial problem in thoracic radiotherapy. Clinically based RILT scores have their limitations, and more objective measures such as pulmonary functions tests (PFTs) might help to improve treatment strategies. PURPOSE: To summarize the available evidence about the effect of dose to the lung in thoracic radiotherapy on forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) and diffusion capacity (DLCO) in patients with lung and esophageal cancer treated with curative intent...
May 26, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549997/deep-sequencing-of-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-mitral-valve-regurgitation-shows-no-evidence-of-mosaicism-but-reveals-novel-rare-germline-variants
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Emilie Gregers, Gustav Ahlberg, Thea Christensen, Javad Jabbari, Kirstine O Larsen, Cecilie B Herfelt, Kristoffer M Henningsen, Laura Andreasen, Jens J Thiis, Jens Lund, Susanne Holme, Stig Haunsø, Bo H Bentzen, Nicole Schmitt, Jesper H Svendsen, Morten S Olesen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Valvular heart disease is a strong predictor, yet the underlying molecular mechanisms are unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the prevalence of somatic variants in AF candidate genes in an AF patient population undergoing surgery for mitral valve regurgitation (MVR) to determine whether these patients are genetically predisposed to AF. METHODS: DNA was extracted from blood and left atrial tissue from 44 AF patients with MVR...
May 23, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549783/irinotecan-temozolomide-with-temsirolimus-or-dinutuximab-in-children-with-refractory-or-relapsed-neuroblastoma-cog-anbl1221-an-open-label-randomised-phase-2-trial
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Rajen Mody, Arlene Naranjo, Collin Van Ryn, Alice L Yu, Wendy B London, Barry L Shulkin, Marguerite T Parisi, Sabah-E-Noor Servaes, Mitchell B Diccianni, Paul M Sondel, Julia G Bender, John M Maris, Julie R Park, Rochelle Bagatell
BACKGROUND: Outcomes for children with relapsed and refractory neuroblastoma are dismal. The combination of irinotecan and temozolomide has activity in these patients, and its acceptable toxicity profile makes it an excellent backbone for study of new agents. We aimed to test the addition of temsirolimus or dinutuximab to irinotecan-temozolomide in patients with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. METHODS: For this open-label, randomised, phase 2 selection design trial of the Children's Oncology Group (COG; ANBL1221), patients had to have histological verification of neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma at diagnosis or have tumour cells in bone marrow with increased urinary catecholamine concentrations at diagnosis...
May 23, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549349/synchronous-splenectomy-and-hepatectomy-for-patients-with-small-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-pathological-spleen-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-changes-can-predict-the-prognosis
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Xiaoyun Zhang, Chuan Li, Tianfu Wen, Wei Peng, Lunan Yan, Bo Li, Jiayin Yang, Wentao Wang, Mingqing Xu, Yong Zeng
BACKGROUND: Treatments about small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hypersplenism associated with good hepatic reserve are not well established. The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of synchronous hepatectomy and splenectomy for those patients. STUDY DESIGN: Splenomegaly and hypersplenism were defined as a pathological spleen. Seven hundred fifty-six patients with small HCC (381 with a pathological spleen, 375 without a pathological spleen) were divided into three groups...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549245/analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-and-risk-factors-for-sudep-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Leyla Baysal-Kirac, Nail Güven Serbest, Erdi Şahin, Hava Özlem Dede, Candan Gürses, Ayşen Gökyiğit, Nerses Bebek, Ahmet Kaya Bilge, Betül Baykan
BACKGROUND: Cardiac problems have been suggested as causes of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Our aim was to investigate possible associations of cardiac autonomic functions based on heart rate variability (HRV) parameters with risk factors of SUDEP in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with drug-resistant seizures and 45 healthy control subjects were enrolled in the study. Interictal time domain parameters of HRV were evaluated with 24-hour Holter recordings...
May 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548878/immunophenotyping-of-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-as-a-prognostic-factor-at-diagnosis-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-children-and-adolescents
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Camila Silva Peres Cancela, Mitiko Murao, Juliana Godoy Assumpção, Marcelo Eduardo de Lima Souza, Antonio Vaz de Macedo, Marcos Borato Viana, Benigna Maria De Oliveira
This study aimed at evaluating the use of immunophenotyping (IMP) in the identification of blast cells in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Sixty-seven patients aged 18 years or younger were included. Fifty-five CSF samples were analyzed at initial diagnosis and 17 at the time of relapse. A cytological analysis (CA) was performed in all 72 samples, while IMP was done in 63. Blasts were identified in only three samples by CA, whereas all three samples were found negative by IMP, one of which had no isolation of nucleated cells after centrifugation...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546929/aqueous-proinflammatory-cytokines-in-acute-primary-angle-closure-eyes
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Yao-Ming Liu, Shi-Da Chen, Xing-Yi Li, Wen-Bin Huang, Fei Li, Jia-Wei Wang, Ying-Qi Li, Xiu-Lan Zhang
AIM: To evaluate changes of proinflammatory cytokines in aqueous humor of patients with acute primary angle-closure (APAC) and age-related cataracts. METHODS: Twenty eyes of 20 APAC patients and 15 eyes of 15 age-related cataract patients were included in this cross-sectional study. Aqueous humor samples were collected prospectively. The levels of 20 proinflammatory cytokines were evaluated in the aqueous humor of the APAC and cataract patients using the multiplex bead immunoassay technique...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545823/novel-molecular-subgroups-for-clinical-classification-and-outcome-prediction-in-childhood-medulloblastoma-a-cohort-study
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Edward C Schwalbe, Janet C Lindsey, Sirintra Nakjang, Stephen Crosier, Amanda J Smith, Debbie Hicks, Gholamreza Rafiee, Rebecca M Hill, Alice Iliasova, Thomas Stone, Barry Pizer, Antony Michalski, Abhijit Joshi, Stephen B Wharton, Thomas S Jacques, Simon Bailey, Daniel Williamson, Steven C Clifford
BACKGROUND: International consensus recognises four medulloblastoma molecular subgroups: WNT (MBWNT), SHH (MBSHH), group 3 (MBGrp3), and group 4 (MBGrp4), each defined by their characteristic genome-wide transcriptomic and DNA methylomic profiles. These subgroups have distinct clinicopathological and molecular features, and underpin current disease subclassification and initial subgroup-directed therapies that are underway in clinical trials. However, substantial biological heterogeneity and differences in survival are apparent within each subgroup, which remain to be resolved...
May 22, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545554/whipple-s-disease-mimicking-rheumatoid-arthritis-can-cause-misdiagnosis-and-treatment-failure
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Cornelia Glaser, Siegbert Rieg, Thorsten Wiech, Christine Scholz, Dominique Endres, Oliver Stich, Peter Hasselblatt, Walter Geißdörfer, Christian Bogdan, Annerose Serr, Georg Häcker, Reinhard E Voll, Jens Thiel, Nils Venhoff
BACKGROUND: Whipple's disease, a rare chronic infectious disorder caused by Tropheryma whipplei, may present with predominant joint manifestations mimicking rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A retrospective single-center cohort study of seven patients was performed. Clinical symptoms were assessed by review of medical charts and Whipple's disease was diagnosed by periodic-acid-Schiff-stain and/or Tropheryma whipplei-specific polymerase-chain-reaction. RESULTS: Median age at disease onset was 54 years, six patients were male...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545344/identification-of-the-components-associated-with-functioning-using-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health-comprehensive-core-set-for-stroke-in-indian-stroke-survivors
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Shankar Ganesh, Sidhanjana Mohapatra, Patitapaban Mohanty, Monalisa Pattnaik, Chittaranjan Mishra
OBJECTIVES: Rehabilitation interventions are expected to ensure best possible recovery and minimize functional disability in stroke survivors. However, not many studies have investigated patterns of recovery and outcomes after stroke in low-income countries. The objective of this study is to identify the biological, psychological, and social components associated with functioning over time in Indian stroke patients using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)-based tools and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM)...
May 25, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544968/clinical-usefulness-of-videocapillaroscopy-and-selected-endothelial-cell-activation-markers-in-people-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-by-microangiopathy
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Anna Kuryliszyn-Moskal, Wieslaw Zarzycki, Artur Dubicki, Diana Moskal, Bozena Kosztyła-Hojna, Anna Hryniewicz
PURPOSE: Microvascular abnormalities are one of the most important causes of persistent diabetic complications. The aim of our study was to compare microvascular changes examined by nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) examination with serum concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), soluble thrombomodulin (sTM) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) in people with Type 1 diabetes with and without microangiopathy. MATERIAL/METHODS: The study included 106 people with Type 1 diabetes and 40 healthy controls...
May 22, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544944/mood-and-anxiety-disorders-in-australia-and-new-zealand-s-indigenous-populations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Emma Black, Steve Kisely, Karolina Alichniewicz, Maree Toombs
The Indigenous populations of Australia and New Zealand are considered at higher risk of mood and anxiety disorders but many studies do not include direct comparisons with similar non-Indigenous controls. We conducted a systematic search of relevant electronic databases, as well as snowballing and targeted searches of the grey literature. Studies were included for meta-analysis if they compared rates of mood and anxiety disorders between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians or Maori. Seven Australian and 10 NZ studies were included...
May 10, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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