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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531883/conventional-versus-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-for-the-diagnosis-of-hilar-mediastinal-lymph-adenopathies-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Martina Bonifazi, Irene Tramacere, Lina Zuccatosta, Federico Mei, Michele Sediari, Maria Cristina Paonessa, Stefano Gasparini
BACKGROUND: Conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (c-TBNA) and endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) are both valuable diagnostic techniques for the diagnosis of hilar/mediastinal lesions. Although a superiority of EBUS-TBNA over c-TBNA may be expected, evidence-based data on a direct comparison between these 2 procedures are still lacking. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to test the superiority of EBUS-TBNA over c-TBNA in a randomized trial and to evaluate the cost-effectiveness profile of a staged strategy, including c-TBNA as initial test followed by EBUS-TBNA, in case of inconclusive results at rapid on-site evaluation...
May 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530456/-the-probability-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-disorders-emergence-by-odds-ratio-of-main-risk-factors
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Krisztina Szabó, Ferenc Ihász
INTRODUCTION: The quality of sleep plays a serious role in the individual's daytime performace and state of health, there by it has a strong influence on the society. AIM: The present study measures the probability developing and severity of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, - which belongs to group of disorders of the respiratory - through odds ratio of leading risk factors. METHOD: 127 persons were examined in the test. The sleep structure test data were processed by polysomnographic screening device...
May 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529762/enhanced-inter-subject-brain-computer-interface-with-associative-sensorimotor-oscillations
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Simanto Saha, Khawza I Ahmed, Raqibul Mostafa, Ahsan H Khandoker, Leontios Hadjileontiadis
Electroencephalography (EEG) captures electrophysiological signatures of cortical events from the scalp with high-dimensional electrode montages. Usually, excessive sources produce outliers and potentially affect the actual event related sources. Besides, EEG manifests inherent inter-subject variability of the brain dynamics, at the resting state and/or under the performance of task(s), caused probably due to the instantaneous fluctuation of psychophysiological states. A wavelet coherence (WC) analysis for optimally selecting associative inter-subject channels is proposed here and is being used to boost performances of motor imagery (MI)-based inter-subject brain computer interface (BCI)...
February 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529505/comparative-genomics-unravels-the-functional-roles-of-co-occurring-acidophilic-bacteria-in-bioleaching-heaps
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Xian Zhang, Xueduan Liu, Yili Liang, Yunhua Xiao, Liyuan Ma, Xue Guo, Bo Miao, Hongwei Liu, Deliang Peng, Wenkun Huang, Huaqun Yin
The spatial-temporal distribution of populations in various econiches is thought to be potentially related to individual differences in the utilization of nutrients or other resources, but their functional roles in the microbial communities remain elusive. We compared differentiation in gene repertoire and metabolic profiles, with a focus on the potential functional traits of three commonly recognized members (Acidithiobacillus caldus, Leptospirillum ferriphilum, and Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans) in bioleaching heaps...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528456/pharmacologic-treatment-of-dyslipidemia-in-diabetes-a-case-for-therapies-in-addition-to-statins
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Abeer Anabtawi, Patrick M Moriarty, John M Miles
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study is to review the use of statins and the role of both non-statin lipid-lowering agents and diabetes-specific medications in the treatment of diabetic dyslipidemia. RECENT FINDINGS: Statins have a primary role in the treatment of dyslipidemia in people with type 2 diabetes, defined as triglyceride levels >200 mg/dl and HDL cholesterol levels <40 mg/dL. A number of clinical trials suggest that treatment with a fibrate may reduce cardiovascular events...
July 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528146/prognostic-value-of-coronary-ct-angiography-with-selective-pet-perfusion-imaging-in-coronary-artery-disease
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Teemu Maaniitty, Iida Stenström, Jeroen J Bax, Valtteri Uusitalo, Heikki Ukkonen, Sami Kajander, Maija Mäki, Antti Saraste, Juhani Knuuti
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of sequential hybrid imaging strategy in which positron emission tomography (PET) perfusion imaging is performed selectively in patients with suspected obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). BACKGROUND: Coronary CTA is an accurate diagnostic test for excluding obstructive CAD. However, the positive predictive value is suboptimal. METHODS: We investigated 864 consecutive symptomatic patients with intermediate probability of CAD who adhered to the sequential imaging approach...
May 15, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527807/dna-carryover-in-milk-samples-from-routine-milk-recording-used-for-pcr-based-diagnosis-of-bovine-staphylococcus-aureus-mastitis
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Yasser S Mahmmod, Ilka C Klaas, Carsten Enevoldsen
Real-time PCR techniques are increasingly used to detect udder pathogens from milk samples collected non-aseptically at routine milk recording. The objectives of this study were (1) to estimate the statistical associations between cycle threshold (Ct) values for Staphylococcus aureus in non-aseptically collected composite samples taken at routine milk recording from cows milked consecutively with the same milking unit and milk meter; and (2) to formulate practical and plausible guidelines for understanding the diagnostic implications of PCR testing for Staph...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527351/permutation-entropy-analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-for-the-assessment-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-neuropathy-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Claudia Carricarte Naranjo, Lazaro M Sanchez-Rodriguez, Marta Brown Martínez, Mario Estévez Báez, Andrés Machado García
Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a relevant tool for the diagnosis of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). To our knowledge, no previous investigation on CAN has assessed the complexity of HRV from an ordinal perspective. Therefore, the aim of this work is to explore the potential of permutation entropy (PE) analysis of HRV complexity for the assessment of CAN. For this purpose, we performed a short-term PE analysis of HRV in healthy subjects and type 1 diabetes mellitus patients, including patients with CAN...
May 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527052/action-mechanisms-of-onabotulinum-toxin-a-hints-for-selection-of-eligible-patients
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Carlo Lovati, Luca Giani
In the past few decades, the so-feared botulinum toxin has conversely acquired the role of a ever more versatile therapeutic substance, used in an increasing number of pathological situations, including chronic headache and more precisely in the prophylaxis of chronic migraine. The medical use of botulinum toxin allowed to better understand its multiple mechanisms of action. Investigations about the pathophysiology of primary and secondary headaches has shown a series of common biological elements that frequently are also targets of the action of botulinum toxin...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526611/alcohol-induces-input-specific-aberrant-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-striatum
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Tengfei Ma, Britton Barbee, Xuehua Wang, Jun Wang
Accumulated evidence suggests that the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) of the basal ganglia plays an essential role in pathological excessive alcohol consumption. The DMS receives multiple glutamatergic inputs. However, whether and how alcohol consumption distinctly affects these excitatory afferents to the DMS remains unknown. Here, we used optogenetics to selectively activate the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) inputs in DMS slices, and measured the effects of alcohol consumption on glutamatergic transmission in these corticostriatal and amygdalostriatal circuits...
May 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526584/a-simple-algorithm-to-predict-falls-in-primary-care-patients-aged-65-to-74%C3%A2-years-the-international-mobility-in-aging-study
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Fernando Gomez, Yan Yan Wu, Mohammad Auais, Afshin Vafaei, Maria-Victoria Zunzunegui
OBJECTIVE: Primary care practitioners need simple algorithms to identify older adults at higher risks of falling. Classification and regression tree (CaRT) analyses are useful tools for identification of clinical predictors of falls. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. SETTING: Community-dwelling older adults at 5 diverse sites: Tirana (Albania), Natal (Brazil), Manizales (Colombia), Kingston (Ontario, Canada), and Saint-Hyacinthe (Quebec, Canada)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526058/meal-frequency-and-dietary-diversity-feeding-practices-among-children-6-23%C3%A2-months-of-age-in-wolaita-sodo-town-southern-ethiopia
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Tefera Chane Mekonnen, Shimelash Bitew Workie, Tesfa Mekonen Yimer, Wubalem Fekadu Mersha
BACKGROUND: Child feeding practices are multidimensional, and they change rapidly within short age intervals. Suboptimal complementary feeding practices contribute to a rapid increase in the prevalence of undernutrition in children in the age of 6-23 months. Information on child feeding practices among urban resident is limited in Ethiopia. The aim was to measure minimum meal frequency and dietary diversity and associated factors among children 6-23 months of age in Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525258/bioavailability-of-soil-sorbed-tetracycline-to-escherichia-coli-under-unsaturated-conditions
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Zeyou Chen, Wei Zhang, Gang Wang, Yingjie Zhang, Yanzheng Gao, Stephen A Boyd, Brian J Teppen, James M Tiedje, Dongqiang Zhu, Hui Li
Increasing concentrations of anthropogenic antibiotics in soils are partly responsible for the proliferation of bacterial antibiotic resistance. However, little is known about how soil-sorbed antibiotics exert selective pressure on bacteria in unsaturated soils. This study investigated the bioavailability of tetracycline sorbed on three soils (Webster clay loam, Capac sandy clay loam, and Oshtemo loamy sand) to a fluorescent Escherichia coli bioreporter under unsaturated conditions using agar diffusion assay, microscopic visualization, and model simulation...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523517/body-size-of-male-youth-soccer-players-1978-2015
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REVIEW
Robert M Malina, António J Figueiredo, Manuel J Coelho-E-Silva
BACKGROUND: Studies of the body size and proportions of athletes have a long history. Comparisons of athletes within specific sports across time, though not extensive, indicate both positive and negative trends. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate secular variation in heights and weights of male youth soccer players reported in studies between 1978 and 2015. METHODS: Reported mean ages, heights, and weights of male soccer players 9-18 years of age were extracted from the literature and grouped into two intervals: 1978-99 and 2000-15...
May 18, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523450/a-review-of-the-clinical-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-immunogenicity-of-vedolizumab
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REVIEW
Maria Rosario, Nathanael L Dirks, Catherine Milch, Asit Parikh, Michael Bargfrede, Tim Wyant, Eric Fedyk, Irving Fox
Vedolizumab is a humanized anti-α4β7 integrin monoclonal antibody that selectively blocks trafficking of memory T cells to inflamed gut tissue by inhibiting the α4β7-mucosal addressin cell adhesion molecule-1 (MAdCAM-1) interaction. Approved for treating patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease (CD), vedolizumab is administered as a 300 mg intravenous infusion. Vedolizumab undergoes a rapid, saturable, non-linear, target-mediated elimination process at low concentrations and a slower, linear, non-specific elimination process at higher concentrations...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522181/safety-and-efficacy-of-edaravone-in-well-defined-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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BACKGROUND: In a previous phase 3 study in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), edaravone did not show a significant difference in the Revised ALS Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS-R) score compared with placebo. Post-hoc analysis of these data revealed that patients in an early stage with definite or probable diagnosis of ALS, defined by the revised El Escorial criteria, who met a select set of inclusion criteria showed a greater magnitude of effect than did the full study population...
May 15, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518221/micronutrient-supplementation-in-adults-with-hiv-infection
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REVIEW
Marianne E Visser, Solange Durao, David Sinclair, James H Irlam, Nandi Siegfried
BACKGROUND: Micronutrient deficiencies are common among adults living with HIV disease, particularly in low-income settings where the diet may be low in essential vitamins and minerals. Some micronutrients play critical roles in maintenance of the immune system, and routine supplementation could therefore be beneficial. This is an update of a Cochrane Review previously published in 2010. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether micronutrient supplements are effective and safe in reducing mortality and HIV-related morbidity of HIV-positive adults (excluding pregnant women)...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516837/help-seeking-behavior-among-moroccan-romanian-and-ecuadorian-women-experiencing-intimate-partner-violence-in-spain
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Carmen Vives-Cases, Daniel La Parra
This study aims to identify different types of response to intimate partner violence (IPV) and help-related seeking behavior among Spain's most numerous immigrant groups- Moroccans, Romanians, and Ecuadorians. Women reporting physical, sexual and/or psychological violence by a current or former intimate partner (n = 194) were selected from a cross-sectional study based on 1,607 surveys (2011). There are 84% of surveyed battered women who reported seeking help through informal and/or formal channels. The most frequently reported informal help-seeking behavior was talking with the abusive partner (from 63% to 83%)...
May 17, 2017: Violence and Victims
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516393/plasma-mmp2-timp4-ratio-at-follow-up-assessment-predicts-disease-progression-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Veronika Wetzl, Svenja Lena Tiede, Lothar Faerber, Norbert Weissmann, Ralph Theo Schermuly, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Henning Gall
PURPOSE: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs) are of particular interest in the remodeling processes of pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to investigate MMP/TIMP ratios of selected biomarkers (MMP2, MMP9, TIMP1, TIMP4) at follow-up examination (V2) and their prognostic value in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (iPAH). METHODS: Blood samples were taken from iPAH patients during right heart catheterization at diagnosis (V1, from 2003 to 2012) and first follow-up examination (V2)...
May 17, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516070/bone-density-in-postmenopausal-women-with-or-without-breast-arterial-calcification
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Atoosa Adibi, Farnaz Rabani, Silva Hovsepian
BACKGROUND: Identification of osteoporosis in women in order to prevent its related morbidity and mortality is considered a priority. Routine mammography is performed on all menopausal women as a screening tool. Determination of the relation between breast arterial calcification (BAC) on mammography and the bone density of this high-risk population could help us to determine those with osteoporosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the mentioned probable relation between BAC and osteoporosis...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
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