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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098817/spatial-analysis-of-human-health-risk-due-to-arsenic-exposure-through-drinking-groundwater-in-taiwan-s-pingtung-plain
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Ching-Ping Liang, Yi-Chi Chien, Cheng-Shin Jang, Ching-Fang Chen, Jui-Sheng Chen
Chronic arsenic (As) exposure continues to be a public health problem of major concern worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of people. A long-term groundwater quality survey has revealed that 20% of the groundwater in southern Taiwan's Pingtung Plain is clearly contaminated with a measured As concentration in excess of the maximum level of 10 µg/L recommended by the World Health Organization. The situation is further complicated by the fact that more than half of the inhabitants in this area continue to use groundwater for drinking...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098430/behavioral-and-electrophysiological-alterations-for-reinforcement-learning-in-manic-and-euthymic-patients-with-bipolar-disorder
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Vin Ryu, Ra Yeon Ha, Su Jin Lee, Kyooseob Ha, Hyun-Sang Cho
AIMS: Bipolar disorder is characterized by behavioral changes such as risk-taking and increasing goal-directed activities, which may result from altered reward processing. Patients with bipolar disorder show impaired reward learning in situations that require the integration of reinforced feedback over time. In this study, we examined the behavioral and electrophysiological characteristics of reward learning in manic and euthymic patients with bipolar disorder using a probabilistic reward task...
January 18, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098410/juror-decision-making-in-death-penalty-sentencing-when-presented-with-defendant-s-history-of-child-abuse-or-neglect
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Lisa L Bell Holleran, Tyler J Vaughan, Donna M Vandiver
Previous studies have found aggravating, mitigating, and null effects of defendant histories of abuse and neglect on punishment preferences in capital sentencing. Perceiving these defendants as more dangerous, jurors may be more likely to favor the death penalty when such evidence is presented. This is counter to the intuition that abuse or neglect reduces culpability, and therefore mitigates the severity of punishment. We investigated the effect of defendant childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect on the probability of a prospective juror preferring the death penalty in an between-subject experimental design...
January 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098227/adolescents-display-distinctive-tolerance-to-ambiguity-and-to-uncertainty-during-risky-decision-making
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Wouter van den Bos, Ralph Hertwig
Although actuarial data indicate that risk-taking behavior peaks in adolescence, laboratory evidence for this developmental spike remains scarce. One possible explanation for this incongruity is that in the real world adolescents often have only vague information about the potential consequences of their behavior and the likelihoods of those consequences, whereas in the lab these are often clearly stated. How do adolescents behave under such more realistic conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty? We asked 105 participants aged from 8 to 22 years to make three types of choices: (1) choices between options whose possible outcomes and probabilities were fully described (choices under risk); (2) choices between options whose possible outcomes were described but whose probability information was incomplete (choices under ambiguity), and (3) choices between unknown options whose possible outcomes and probabilities could be explored (choices under uncertainty)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098106/the-role-of-dynamic-renal-scintigraphy-on-clinical-decision-making-in-hydronephrotic-children
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Seçil Arslansoyu Çamlar, Nazlı Deveci, Alper Soylu, Mehmet Atilla Türkmen, Derya Özmen, Gamze Çapakaya, Salih Kavukçu
Hydronephrosis may be related to an obstructive cause, ureteropelvic/uretero-vesical junction obstruction or nonobstructive [vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)]. When an obstructive pathology is considered, dynamic renal scintigraphy may help to predict whether it is a true obstruction or not. In this study, we aimed to determine the contribution of dynamic renal scintigraphy with [99] mTc-MAG-3 to the clinical decision-making for surgery in hydronephrotic children. Files of the patients evaluated by MAG-3 scintigraphy for antenatal (AH)/postnatal (PH) hydronephrosis between 1992 and 2014 were reviewed...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097927/assessment-and-comparison-of-three-high-aluminum-fly-ash-utilization-scenarios-in-inner-mongolia-china-using-an-eco-efficiency-indicator
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Shuo Yang, Ling Lin, Shao Peng Li, Qiang Li, Xiu Teng Wang, Liang Sun
Utilization of fly ash is of great importance in China in the context of resource and environmental crises. Different fly ash utilization processes are proposed, and some have been practically applied. However, none of these fly ash utilization pathways has been evaluated comprehensively by integrating both environmental and economic perspectives. In this study, three high-aluminum fly ash utilization methods in Mongolia were assessed and compared based on the concept of eco-efficiency. The environmental assessment was conducted in accordance with life-cycle assessment principles, and a monetization-weighting approach was applied to obtain social willingness-to-pay as a reflection of environmental impact...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097784/reliability-of-intraoperative-frozen-section-for-the-diagnosis-of-renal-tumors-suspicious-for-malignancy-in-children-and-adolescents
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Alonso Carrasco, Brian T Caldwell, Carrye R Cost, Brian S Greffe, Timothy P Garrington, Jennifer L Bruny, Jennifer O Black, Nicholas G Cost
BACKGROUND: The ability of intraoperative frozen section (IFS) to reliably diagnose renal tumors in children and adolescents is largely unknown. The objective of our study is to evaluate the ability of IFS to establish a histologic diagnosis for renal tumors in this population. METHODS: We reviewed our experience with patients who underwent IFS at the time of surgery for a renal tumor suspicious for malignancy from 2005 to 2015. The IFS was compared to the final pathology (FP)...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097781/an-analysis-of-oncotype-dx-recurrence-scores-and-clinicopathologic-characteristics-in-invasive-lobular-breast-cancer
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Jesse L Felts, Junjia Zhu, Bing Han, Stanley J Smith, Cristina I Truica
The Oncotype DX breast cancer assay (Genomic Health, Redwood City, CA) is increasingly being used to guide treatment decisions for patients with early stage, hormone-positive, Her-2-negative breast cancer. The utility of the Oncotype DX in decision making for treatment of invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) has not been investigated as the results reported by Genomic Health are largely in a population with invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). The authors hypothesized that the Oncotype DX recurrence score (RS) distribution for ILC is different than that for IDC...
January 18, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097432/attitudes-of-palliative-home-care-physicians-towards-palliative-sedation-at-home-in-italy
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Alessandro Mercadante, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
BACKGROUND: Information about the attitudes towards palliative sedation (PS) at home is limited. AIM: The aim of this survey was to assess the attitudes of palliative care physicians in Italy regarding PS at home. DESIGN: A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of palliative care physicians, asking information about their activity and attitudes towards PS at home. SETTING: This is a survey of home care physicians in Italy who were involved in end-of-life care decisions at home...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097324/molecular-based-recursive-partitioning-analysis-model-for-glioblastoma-in-the-temozolomide-era-a-correlative-analysis-based-on-nrg-oncology-rtog-0525
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Erica Hlavin Bell, Stephanie L Pugh, Joseph P McElroy, Mark R Gilbert, Minesh Mehta, Alexander C Klimowicz, Anthony Magliocco, Markus Bredel, Pierre Robe, Anca-L Grosu, Roger Stupp, Walter Curran, Aline P Becker, Andrea L Salavaggione, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Kenneth Aldape, Deborah T Blumenthal, Paul D Brown, Jon Glass, Luis Souhami, R Jeffrey Lee, David Brachman, John Flickinger, Minhee Won, Arnab Chakravarti
Importance: There is a need for a more refined, molecularly based classification model for glioblastoma (GBM) in the temozolomide era. Objective: To refine the existing clinically based recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) model by incorporating molecular variables. Design, Setting, and Participants: NRG Oncology RTOG 0525 specimens (n = 452) were analyzed for protein biomarkers representing key pathways in GBM by a quantitative molecular microscopy-based approach with semiquantitative immunohistochemical validation...
January 12, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097314/complications-of-bilateral-neck-dissection-in-thyroid-cancer-from-a-single-high-volume-center
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Caitlin McMullen, Daniel Rocke, Jeremy Freeman
Importance: The morbidity of bilateral lateral neck dissection (BLND) for thyroid cancers has not been described in detail. This study delineates the specific complications arising from BLND for thyroid cancers at a single high-volume center. Objective: To determine the morbidity associated with BLNDs for differentiated thyroid cancers at our institution. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a retrospective review of medical records performed to identify patients having undergone BLNDs for thyroid cancers by a single surgeon at an academic, tertiary medical center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from 1988 to 2015...
January 12, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097303/clinicians-expectations-of-the-benefits-and-harms-of-treatments-screening-and-tests-a-systematic-review
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Tammy C Hoffmann, Chris Del Mar
Importance: Inaccurate clinician expectations of the benefits and harms of interventions can profoundly influence decision making and may be contributing to increasing intervention overuse. Objective: To systematically review all studies that have quantitatively assessed clinicians' expectations of the benefits and/or harms of any treatment, test, or screening test. Evidence Review: A comprehensive search strategy of 4 databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and PsycINFO) from the start years to March 17-20, 2015, with no language or study type restriction, was performed...
January 9, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097247/the-management-of-scoliosis-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-a-review
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REVIEW
Thomas Cloake, Adrian Gardner
Children who suffer with cerebral palsy (CP) have a significant chance of developing scoliosis during their early years and adolescence. The behavior of this scoliosis is closely associated with the severity of the CP disability and unlike idiopathic scoliosis, it continues to progress beyond skeletal maturity. Conservative measures may slow the progression of the curve, however, surgery remains the only definitive management option. Advances in surgical technique over the last 50 years have provided methods to effectively treat the deformity while also reducing complication rates...
December 2016: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096933/the-association-of-male-pattern-baldness-and-risk-of-cancer-and-high-grade-disease-among-men-presenting-for-prostate-biopsy
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Ghazi Al Edwan, Bimal Bhindi, David Margel, Karen Chadwick, Antonio Finelli, Alexandre Zlotta, John Trachtenberg, Neil Fleshner
INTRODUCTION: Androgens have been implicated in both male pattern baldness (MPB) and prostate cancer (PCa). We set out to prospectively determine if men with independently assessed MPB are at higher risk for PCa at biopsy and determine if any grade associations exist. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 394 eligible patients presenting for prostate biopsy and independently determined their MPB pattern using the validated modified Norwood classification system (0: no balding; 1: frontal balding; 2: mild vertex balding; 3: moderate vertex balding; 4: sever vertex balding)...
November 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096923/role-of-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-prediction-of-gleason-score-upgrading-and-disease-upstaging-in-low-risk-prostate-cancer-patients-eligible-for-active-surveillance
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Mehmet Ilker Gokce, Semih Tangal, Nurullah Hamidi, Evren Suer, Muhammed Arif Ibis, Yasar Beduk
INTRODUCTION: Active surveillance (AS) is an option for management of low-risk prostate cancer (PCa). However, grade and stage progression is an important consideration. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is a useful marker of cancer-related inflammation. In this study, we aimed to identify the roles of neutrophil count (NC), lymphocyte count (LC), and NLR to predict Gleason score (GS) upgrading, disease upstaging, and biochemical recurrence rates (BCR) in low-risk PCa patients. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated data of 210 low-risk PCa patients eligible for AS, but who underwent radical prostatectomy...
November 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096917/assessment-of-histopathological-features-of-needle-biopsy-in-recurrent-prostate-cancer-following-salvage-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Michele Billia, Khurram M Siddiqui, Susanne Chan, Fan Li, Ali Al-Zahrani, Jose A Gomez, Joseph L Chin
INTRODUCTION: Local recurrence of prostate cancer (PCa) following radiotherapy may be treated with curative intent using salvage high-intensity focused ultrasound (s-HIFU). The interpretation of needle core biopsy specimens following s-HIFU is a daunting task, even for experienced pathologists. We describe various histopathological features encountered in biopsy specimens following whole-gland s-HIFU in one of the largest descriptive studies to date. METHODS: Fifty-five patients with biopsy-proven localized radio-recurrent PCa underwent s-HIFU and transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostatic needle biopsies at 180 days post-treatment...
November 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096903/anxiety-and-depression-symptoms-among-women-attending-group-based-patient-education-courses-for-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer
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Wenche Listøl, Hildegunn Høberg-Vetti, Geir Egil Eide, Cathrine Bjorvatn
BACKGROUND: Women carrying BRCA-mutations are facing significant challenges, including decision making regarding surveillance and risk-reducing surgery. They often report that they are left alone with these important decisions. In order to enhance the genetic counselling session we organized a group-based patient education (GPE) course for women with BRCA-mutations. The study aims were to characterize women attending a group-based patient education (GPE) course for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, consider the usefulness of the course, evaluate symptoms of anxiety and depression among the participants, and finally investigate whether their levels of anxiety and depression changed from before to after the course session...
2017: Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096740/unanswered-clinical-questions-a-survey-of-specialists-and-primary-care-providers
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Ellen Brassil, Bridget Gunn, Anant M Shenoy, Rebecca Blanchard
OBJECTIVE: With the myriad of cases presented to clinicians every day at our integrated academic health system, clinical questions are bound to arise. Clinicians need to recognize these knowledge gaps and act on them. However, for many reasons, clinicians might not seek answers to these questions. Our goal was to investigate the rationale and process behind these unanswered clinical questions. Subsequently, we explored the use of biomedical information resources among specialists and primary care providers and identified ways to promote more informed clinical decision making...
January 2017: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096725/added-value-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-on-biopsies-of-focal-hepatic-lesions-invisible-on-fusion-imaging-guidance
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Tae Wook Kang, Min Woo Lee, Kyoung Doo Song, Mimi Kim, Seung Soo Kim, Seong Hyun Kim, Sang Yun Ha
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) with Sonazoid can improve the lesion conspicuity and feasibility of percutaneous biopsies for focal hepatic lesions invisible on fusion imaging of real-time ultrasonography (US) with computed tomography/magnetic resonance images, and evaluate its impact on clinical decision making. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Institutional Review Board approved this retrospective study. Between June 2013 and January 2015, 711 US-guided percutaneous biopsies were performed for focal hepatic lesions...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096718/diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-the-era-of-precision-oncology-how-imaging-is-helpful
#20
REVIEW
Hina J Shah, Abhishek R Keraliya, Jyothi P Jagannathan, Sree Harsha Tirumani, Vikram R Lele, Pamela J DiPiro
Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common histological subtype of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As treatments continues to evolve, so do imaging strategies, and positron emission tomography (PET) has emerged as the most important imaging tool to guide oncologists in the diagnosis, staging, response assessment, relapse/recurrence detection,and therapeutic decision making of DLBCL. Other imaging modalities including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and conventional radiography are also used in the evaluation of lymphoma...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
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