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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223078/impact-on-mortality-of-biomass-combustion-from-wildfires-in-spain-a-regional-analysis
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C Linares, R Carmona, P Salvador, J Díaz
Studies that analyse the impact on mortality of particulate matter (PM) produced by biomass combustion from wildfires mostly focus on a single city or on cities in different countries, with very few concentrating on one country as a whole. Accordingly, the aim of this paper was to analyse the impact that PM has on daily mortality in Spain on days with biomass combustion from wildfires. To analyse natural PM advections the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing, Food & Environment divides Spain into 9 geographical regions...
December 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222947/safety-and-efficacy-of-guselkumab-in-japanese-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-ascending-dose-study
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O Nemoto, K Hirose, S Shibata, K Li, H Kubo
BACKGROUND: The Interlukin-23 (IL-23)/Interlukin-17 (IL-17) pathway is central in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. The favourable efficacy and safety of guselkumab, an IL-23 specific monoclonal antibody, has been demonstrated in global Phase 3 studies of plaque psoriasis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of a single-dose subcutaneous guselkumab in Japanese patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. METHODS: Patients with ≥ 10% of total body surface area (BSA) involvement and a Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) ≥12 were randomised (5:1) to receive guselkumab or placebo in 4 cohorts of this double-blind, placebo-controlled, single ascending dose, single-centre study...
December 9, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222650/taxane-platinum-and-5-fu-prior-to-chemoradiotherapy-benefits-patients-with-stage-iv-neck-node-positive-head-and-neck-cancer-and-a-good-performance-status
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Natalie M Lowe, Jonathan M Bernstein, Kathleen Mais, Kate Garcez, Lip W Lee, Andrew Sykes, David J Thomson, Jarrod J Homer, Catharine M West, Nicholas J Slevin
PURPOSE: The benefit of adding docetaxel, cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil (TPF) induction chemotherapy to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) remains uncertain. We aimed to investigate whether ICT is well tolerated when given with prophylactic treatment against predicted adverse effects and which patients benefit most. METHODS: A single-centre audit identified 132 HNSCC patients with stage IVa/b neck node-positive disease, prescribed TPF followed by CRT...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222619/improvement-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-after-a-tailored-behavioural-sleep%C3%A2-medicine-intervention-targeting-healthy-eating-and-physical-activity-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Helena Igelström, Pernilla Åsenlöf, Margareta Emtner, Eva Lindberg
PURPOSE: The aim of the present single-centre randomised controlled trial was to assess the effect of a behavioural sleep medicine (BSM) intervention on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity in patients who have been referred for new treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). METHODS: After baseline assessment including ventilatory and anthropometric parameters, and physical activity monitoring, 86 patients who were overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and had moderate-severe OSA with apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) ≥ 15 were randomised into a control group (CG; CPAP and advice about weight loss) or an experimental group (ExpG; CPAP and BSM intervention targeting physical activity and eating behaviour)...
December 8, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221913/facial-asymmetry-correction-with-moulded-helmet-therapy-in-infants-with-deformational-skull-base-plagiocephaly
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Matthias Kreutz, Brigitte Fitze, Christoph Blecher, Augello Marcello, Ruben Simon, Rebecca Cremer, Hans-Florian Zeilhofer, Christoph Kunz, Johannes Mayr
PURPOSE: The recommendation issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the early 1990s to position infants on their back during sleep to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has dramatically reduced the number of deaths due to SIDS but has also markedly increased the prevalence of positional skull deformation in infants. Deformation of the base of the skull occurs predominantly in very severe deformational plagiocephaly and is accompanied by facial asymmetry, as well as an altered ear position, called ear shift...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221637/effect-of-previous-abdominal-surgery-and-gallbladder-appearance-on-biliary-atresia-outcomes
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Ayman Goneidy, Evelyn Geok Peng Ong
BACKGROUND: Biliary atresia (BA) is typically treated by Kasai portoenterostomy (KPE), and there is a relationship between age at surgery and outcome. We hypothesize that previous abdominal surgery (PAS) for associated congenital intestinal conditions could be used to identify BA earlier, perhaps improving prognosis. METHODS: A retrospective case note review was performed of all BA patients at a single centre from 1999 to 2016. Demographics and clinical outcome data were collected...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221485/exploring-the-characteristics-of-patients-with-mesothelioma-who-chose-active-symptom-control-over-chemotherapy-as-first-line-treatment-a-prospective-observational-single-centre-study
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Anna C Bibby, Duneesha De Fonseka, Anna J Morley, Emma Keenan, Alfredo Addeo, Sarah Smith, Anthony J Edey, Nick A Maskell
BACKGROUND: Mesothelioma is an aggressive thoracic tumour with a poor prognosis. The only treatment that extends survival is chemotherapy. However, in the UK, up to 50% of patients who are suitable for chemotherapy choose not to receive it, opting for active symptom control instead. The aim of this prospective, single-centre observational study was to describe the characteristics of patients who chose active symptom control over chemotherapy and explore their reasons for doing so. METHODS: Two hundred consecutive patients with mesothelioma from one UK centre were included...
December 8, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221276/deep-sternal-wound-infection-after-cardiac-surgery-in-the-chinese-population-a-single-centre-15-year-retrospective-study
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Liang Pan, Ran Mo, Qing Zhou, Dongjin Wang
Background: Deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) is a severe complication following cardiac surgery. A retrospective study was implemented to determine the risks and clinical characteristics of DSWI after cardiac operation in the Chinese population. Methods: We analysed 7,944 consecutive patients who underwent cardiac surgery via median sternotomy from January 2002 to December 2016 at our institution. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to identify risk factors for DSWI...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220060/upper-limb-ischaemia-a-south-african-single-centre-experience
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Tinus du Toit, Kathryn Manning, Nadraj G Naidoo
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to report on our experience with upper limb ischaemia (ULI), to define the pattern and distribution of disease, describe key demographic features and report on conventional clinical outcomes. METHODS: This was a single-centre, retrospective, descriptive study. All patients (n = 64) who underwent a surgical intervention for ULI over a 12-year study period were included. Findings were analysed and compared with the current literature...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219957/anterior-chamber-lens-implantation-in-vitrectomised-eyes
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G S Negretti, M Lai, P Petrou, R Walker, D Charteris
PurposeTo investigate long-term visual acuity (VA) outcomes and complication rates in vitrectomised eyes undergoing anterior chamber intraocular lens (ACIOL) insertion.Patients and methodsA single-centre, retrospective case series including all patients who had undergone ACIOL placement at the time of vitrectomy surgery or having had previous vitrectomy, between January 2007 and January 2013. Patients were identified using an electronic database and paper casefile notes were analysed for all patients. Patients were excluded if they had <3 months follow-up...
December 8, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218727/gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-subunit-localisation-on-neurochemically-identified-neurons-of-the-human-subthalamic-nucleus
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Xi Hua Wu, Jennifer Junru Song, Richard Lewis Maxwell Faull, Henry John Waldvogel
The subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a critical excitatory signalling centre within the basal ganglia circuitry. The activity of subthalamic neurons is tightly controlled by upstream inhibitory signalling centres in the basal ganglia. In this study, we used immunohistochemical techniques to firstly, visualise and quantify the STN neurochemical organisation based on neuronal markers including parvalbumin (PV), calretinin (CR), SMI-32 and GAD65/67 . Secondly, we characterised the detailed regional, cellular and subcellular expression of GABAA (α1 , α2 , α3 , β2/3 and γ2 ) and GABAB (R1 and R2) receptor subunits within the normal human STN...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217387/individualised-versus-standard-duration-of-elastic-compression-therapy-for-prevention-of-post-thrombotic-syndrome-ideal-dvt-a-multicentre-randomised-single-blind-allocation-concealed-non-inferiority-trial
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Arina J Ten Cate-Hoek, Elham E Amin, Annemieke C Bouman, Karina Meijer, Lidwine W Tick, Saskia Middeldorp, Guy J M Mostard, Marije Ten Wolde, Simone M van den Heiligenberg, Sanne van Wissen, Marlène Hw van de Poel, Sabina Villalta, Erik H Serné, Hans-Martin Otten, Edith H Klappe, Ingrid M Bistervels, Mandy N Lauw, Margriet Piersma-Wichers, Paolo Prandoni, Manuela A Joore, Martin H Prins, Hugo Ten Cate
BACKGROUND: Therapy with elastic compression stockings has been the cornerstone for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome for decades in patients after acute deep venous thrombosis. It is uncertain who benefits most from therapy, and what the optimum duration of therapy should be. We therefore aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of individualised duration of compression therapy versus the standard duration of 24 months following an initial treatment period of 6 months. METHODS: We did a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial at 12 hospitals in the Netherlands and two in Italy...
December 4, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217376/safety-tolerability-and-immunogenicity-of-two-zika-virus-dna-vaccine-candidates-in-healthy-adults-randomised-open-label-phase-1-clinical-trials
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Martin R Gaudinski, Katherine V Houser, Kaitlyn M Morabito, Zonghui Hu, Galina Yamshchikov, Ro Shauna Rothwell, Nina Berkowitz, Floreliz Mendoza, Jamie G Saunders, Laura Novik, Cynthia S Hendel, LaSonji A Holman, Ingelise J Gordon, Josephine H Cox, Srilatha Edupuganti, Monica A McArthur, Nadine G Rouphael, Kirsten E Lyke, Ginny E Cummings, Sandra Sitar, Robert T Bailer, Bryant M Foreman, Katherine Burgomaster, Rebecca S Pelc, David N Gordon, Christina R DeMaso, Kimberly A Dowd, Carolyn Laurencot, Richard M Schwartz, John R Mascola, Barney S Graham, Theodore C Pierson, Julie E Ledgerwood, Grace L Chen
BACKGROUND: The Zika virus epidemic and associated congenital infections have prompted rapid vaccine development. We assessed two new DNA vaccines expressing premembrane and envelope Zika virus structural proteins. METHODS: We did two phase 1, randomised, open-label trials involving healthy adult volunteers. The VRC 319 trial, done in three centres, assessed plasmid VRC5288 (Zika virus and Japanese encephalitis virus chimera), and the VRC 320, done in one centre, assessed plasmid VRC5283 (wild-type Zika virus)...
December 4, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217134/reirradiation-with-concurrent-bevacizumab-for-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-in-adult-patients
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A Schernberg, F Dhermain, S Ammari, S N Dumont, J Domont, A Patrikidou, J Pallud, É Dezamis, É Deutsch, G Louvel
PURPOSE: To analyse feasibility, prognostic factors and patterns of recurrence after concurrent reirradiation and bevacizumab for recurrent high-grade gliomas. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2009 and 2015, 35 patients (median 57-year-old; 21 men, 14 women) with WHO grade III (n=11) or grade IV (n=24) gliomas were included in this retrospective and consecutive single-centre study. All patients received bevacizumab (median number of treatments: 12) concomitant with reirradiation (median dose: 45Gy, median number of fractions: 18) for recurrence with median 22 months (range: 5...
December 4, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217020/cataract-surgery-outcomes-and-complications-in-retinal-dystrophy-patients
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Emma C Davies, Roberto Pineda
OBJECTIVE: To investigate intraoperative complications, postoperative findings, and visual acuity outcomes in patients with retinal dystrophy after cataract surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review at an academic tertiary referral centre. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty eyes from 18 patients with retinitis pigmentosa and other retinal dystrophies (Usher syndrome, Refsum disease, and Leber congenital amaurosis) who underwent cataract surgery were identified by searching the electronic medical record system from January 2010 to September 2015 for all patients treated by a single physician with billing codes for retinal dystrophy and cataract surgery...
December 2017: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216851/what-does-igra-testing-add-to-the-diagnosis-of-ocular-tuberculosis-a-bayesian-latent-class-analysis
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Rupesh Agrawal, Robert Grant, Bhaskar Gupta, Dinesh Visva Gunasekeran, Julio J Gonzalez-Lopez, Peter K F Addison, Mark Westcott, Carlos E Pavesio
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the contribution made to the diagnostic work-up for patients with suspected ocular tuberculosis (TB) by QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT) tests using latent class analysis model. METHODS: A single centre retrospective cohort study. A Bayesian latent class model was constructed on the basis of demographics, phenotypes and test results from patients attending a tertiary referral center in the UK. This estimated the probability of ocular TB for each patient in two versions, first with and then without QFT...
December 8, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216349/developing-a-standard-set-of-patient-centred-outcomes-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-an-international-cross-disciplinary-consensus
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Andrew H Kim, Charlotte Roberts, Brian G Feagan, Rupa Banerjee, Willem Bemelman, Keith Bodger, Marc Derieppe, Axel Dignass, Richard Driscoll, Ray Fitzpatrick, Janette Gaarentstroom-Lunt, Peter D Higgins, Paulo Gustavo Kotze, Jillian Meissner, Marian O'Connor, Zhi-Hua Ran, Corey A Siegel, Helen Terry, Welmoed K van Deen, C Janneke van der Woude, Alandra Weaver, Suk-Kyun Yang, Bruce E Sands, Séverine Vermeire, Simon Pl Travis
Background and Aims: Success in delivering value-based healthcare involves measuring outcomes that matter most to patients. Our aim was to develop a minimum Standard Set of patient-centred outcome measures for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), for use in different healthcare settings. Methods: An international working group (n=25) representing patients, patient associations, gastroenterologists, surgeons, specialist nurses, IBD registries and patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) methodologists participated in a series of teleconferences incorporating a modified Delphi process...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216346/darunavir-ritonavir-monotherapy-at-a-low-dose-600-100%C3%A2-mg-day-in-hiv-1-infected-individuals-with-suppressed-hiv-viraemia
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S Seang, L Schneider, T Nguyen, M P Lê, C Soulie, R Calin, F Caby, M-A Valantin, R Tubiana, L Assoumou, A-G Marcelin, G Peytavin, C Katlama
Background: Darunavir/ritonavir is a potent PI with a high genetic barrier and pharmacological robustness favourably investigated as monotherapy. Whether darunavir could be dose reduced in the context of monotherapy deserves investigation. Methods: Patients with HIV suppressed viraemia (plasma viral load <50 copies/mL for 12 months) under ART who had switched to darunavir/ritonavir monotherapy at 600/100 mg/day between 2013 and 2015 were included in this observational 48 week single-centre study...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216314/clinical-outcomes-in-patients-treated-for-coronary-in-stent-restenosis-with-drug-eluting-balloons-impact-of-high-platelet-reactivity
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Adrienn Tornyos, Dániel Aradi, Iván G Horváth, Attila Kónyi, Balázs Magyari, Tünde Pintér, András Vorobcsuk, Dániel Tornyos, András Komócsi
BACKGROUND: The impact of high platelet reactivity (HPR) on clinical outcomes after elective percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) with drug-eluting balloons (DEB) due to in-stent restenosis (ISR) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the prognostic importance of HPR together with conventional risk factors in patients treated with DEB. METHODS: Patients treated with DEB due to ISR were enrolled in a single-centre, prospective registry between October 2009 and March 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214896/outcome-evaluation-on-cochlear-implant-users-with-residual-hearing
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Nicole Neben, Andreas Buechner, Mark Schuessler, Thomas Lenarz
OBJECTIVES: The performance outcome with Freedom™ Hybrid™ versus the CP900 series sound processor with Hybrid Hearing was investigated. In addition, a preliminary evaluation was conducted to consider the feasibility of upgrading experienced electric-only cochlear implant (CI) users who had substantial residual hearing to Hybrid Hearing. METHODS: This study was a single-centre prospective, non-inferiority design with repeated measures conducted at Hannover Medical School (MHH)...
December 7, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
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