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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092837/differential-diagnosis-of-a-paroxysmal-neurological-event-do-neurologists-know-how-to-clinically-recognize-it
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Aleksandar J Ristić, Ksenija Mijović, Zoran Bukumirić, Nikola Vojvodić, Slavko Janković, Vladimir Baščarević, Tijana Đukić, Dragoslav Sokić
PURPOSE: To investigate ability to recognize paroxysmal neurological events (PNE) based on video-recorded events alone in a group of physicians treating prevalent neurological conditions. METHODS: Total of 12 patients' videos (6 epileptic seizures (ES), 4 psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), 2 other nonepileptic seizures (oNES)) were selected. Videos were displayed once to physicians blind to clinical data and final diagnosis. Physicians determined their clinical choice: ES, PNES, oNES, and I don't know (IDK)...
January 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092750/assessing-common-birds-ecological-requirements-to-address-nature-conservation-in-permanent-crops-lessons-from-italian-vineyards
#2
Giacomo Assandri, Giuseppe Bogliani, Paolo Pedrini, Mattia Brambilla
Viticulture has contributed to shaping cultural landscapes in several regions across all continents. Recent farming intensification is causing landscape homogenization and biodiversity loss in several of those areas, but knowledge about the impacts on biodiversity in vineyards is still scarce. Simplified agro-ecosystems resulting from intensification host mainly generalist and common species, which still play a key role in the regulation of ecosystems and in the provision of ecosystem services. We assessed the abundance of 11 common bird species at 47 linear transects in a vineyard-dominated landscape in Trentino (NE Italy), in both spring and winter, and analysed abundance variation in relation to three independent groups of predictors: landscape, management, and topographic-climatic variables...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092726/pathophysiology-incidence-and-predictors-of-conduction-disturbances-during-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Marco Barbanti, Simona Gulino, Giuliano Costa, Corrado Tamburino
Over the past decade, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has evolved rapidly toward an extremely reproducible, safe and effective procedure, with a marked reduction of its related complications. However, the occurrence of conduction disturbances and the need for permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) after TAVI remains a concern. Areas covered: In this article review, we will go through the mechanisms involved in conduction disturbances after TAVI, and we will discuss the key aspects of pathophysiology, incidence and predictors of conduction disturbances following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092592/adaptive-fuzzy-bounded-control-for-consensus-of-multiple-strict-feedback-nonlinear-systems
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Wei Wang, Shaocheng Tong
This paper studies the adaptive fuzzy bounded control problem for leader-follower multiagent systems, where each follower is modeled by the uncertain nonlinear strict-feedback system. Combining the fuzzy approximation with the dynamic surface control, an adaptive fuzzy control scheme is developed to guarantee the output consensus of all agents under directed communication topologies. Different from the existing results, the bounds of the control inputs are known as a priori, and they can be determined by the feedback control gains...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092582/automatic-prediction-of-health-status-using-smartphone-derived-behaviour-profiles
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Daniel Kelly, Kevin Curran, Brian Caulfield
OBJECTIVE: Current methods of assessing the affect a patients' health has on their daily life are extremely limited. The aim of this work is to develop a sensor based approach to health status measurement in order to objectively measure health status. METHODS: Techniques to generate human behaviour profiles, derived from smartphone accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, are proposed. Experiments, using SVM regression models, are then conducted in order to evaluate the use of the proposed behaviour profiles as a predictor of health status...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092462/adolescent-cardiovascular-functional-and-structural-outcomes-of-growth-trajectories-from-infancy-prospective-community-based-study
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Alanna N Hanvey, Fiona K Mensah, Susan A Clifford, Melissa Wake
BACKGROUND: Adult BMI trajectories outperform single BMI measurements as predictors of cardiovascular mortality; however, it is unknown whether this also holds in childhood. We aimed to identify BMI trajectory categories from birth to adolescence, and examine their associations with adolescent cardiovascular function and structure. METHODS: Adolescents from a community-based prospective birth cohort completed 11-16 BMI measurements between birth and adolescence...
January 16, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092342/integrity-of-outer-retinal-layers-after-resolution-of-central-involved-diabetic-macular-edema
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Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Nadia Mendoza, Raouf Gaber, Mostafa Alam, Qisheng You, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: To evaluate the integrity of outer retina layers after resolution of central involved diabetic macular edema (DME) and to demonstrate the effect of various baseline factors for the final vision and final external limiting membrane (ELM) integrity. METHODS: Fifty-nine eyes of 48 patients with resolved DME were included. Several optical coherence tomography parameters including central subfield thickness, maximum foveal thickness, foveal center point thickness, and the extent of the ellipsoidal (ISe) layer and ELM damage were assessed at the time of DME and after resolution of DME...
January 13, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092323/brain-substrates-of-reward-processing-and-the-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-a-pathway-into-pain
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Frauke Nees, Susanne Becker, Sabina Millenet, Tobias Banaschewski, Luise Poustka, Arun Bokde, Uli Bromberg, Christian Büchel, Patricia J Conrod, Sylvane Desrivières, Vincent Frouin, Jürgen Gallinat, Hugh Garavan, Andreas Heinz, Bernd Ittermann, Jean-Luc Martinot, Dimitri Papadopoulos Orfanos, Tomáš Paus, Michael N Smolka, Henrik Walter, Rob Whelan, Gunter Schumann, Herta Flor
The processing of reward and reinforcement learning seems to be important determinants of pain chronicity. However, reward processing is already altered early in life and if this is related to the development of pain symptoms later on is not known. The aim of this study was first to examine whether behavioural and brain-related indicators of reward processing at the age of 14 to 15 years are significant predictors of pain complaints 2 years later, at 16 to 17 years. Second, we investigated the contribution of genetic variations in the opioidergic system, which is linked to the processing of both, reward and pain, to this prediction...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092188/a-longitudinal-study-of-factors-explaining-attitude-change-towards-gambling-among-adolescents
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Ståle Pallesen, Daniel Hanss, Helge Molde, Mark D Griffiths, Rune Aune Mentzoni
Background and aims No previous study has investigated changes in attitudes toward gambling from under legal gambling age to legal gambling age. The aim of the present study was therefore to investigate attitudinal changes during this transition and to identify predictors of corresponding attitude change. Methods In all 1239 adolescents from a national representative sample participated in two survey waves (Wave 1; 17.5 years; Wave 2; 18.5 years). Results From Wave 1 to Wave 2 the sample became more acceptant toward gambling...
March 2016: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092112/aquaporin-2-excretion-in-hospitalized-patients-with-cirrhosis-relation-to-development-of-renal-insufficiency-and-mortality
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Troels M Busk, Søren Møller, Erling B Pedersen, Alexander Gerbes, Aleksander Krag, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Sona Frankova, Minneke J Coenraad, Flemming Bendtsen
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Urinary aquaporin-2 (AQP2) is a parameter of water transport in the principal cells in the distal part of the nephron and involved in water retention in cirrhosis and may be a marker of renal function. The aim of the study was to evaluate AQP2 as a predictor of renal insufficiency and death in patients with cirrhosis. METHODS: Urine samples from 199 patients (90 patients without organ failure (Group 1), 58 patients with organ failure excluding renal failure (Group 2) and 51 patients with organ failure including renal failure (Group 3)) from the CANONIC study were analyzed for urine AQP2 and urine osmolality...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092067/interrelations-among-the-adipocytokines-leptin-and-adiponectin-oxidative-stress-and-aseptic-inflammation-markers-in-pre-and-early-pubertal-normal-weight-and-obese-boys
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George Paltoglou, Maria Schoina, George Valsamakis, Nicolaos Salakos, Alexandra Avloniti, Athanasios Chatzinikolaou, Alexandra Margeli, Chrysanthi Skevaki, Maria Papagianni, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, Ioannis G Fatouros, George Mastorakos
PURPOSE: Presumed interrelationships among deleterious aspects of adipose tissue metabolism, inflammation, and cellular oxidative stress could be influenced by pubertal hormonal changes. They were investigated in pre- and early pubertal normal-weight and obese boys before and after an exercise bout employed as an energy demanding stimulator. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. Seventy-six healthy pre- (mean ± SD, 10.6 ± 0.2 years old, 28 normal-weight, and 11 obese) and early-(11...
January 16, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091969/quality-of-life-as-predictor-for-the-development-of-cardiac-ischemia-in-high-risk-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients
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Philip Haaf, Myriam Ritter, Leticia Grize, Matthias E Pfisterer, Michael J Zellweger
BACKGROUND: Ischemia induced by psychological stress and depression is a common phenomenon in stable coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated the quality of life (QoL) of diabetic patients screened for CAD and assessed the prognostic value of mental and physical QoL scores to predict the development of new cardiac ischemia. METHODS: Prospective multicentre outcome study. The study comprised 400 asymptomatic diabetic patients without history or symptoms of CAD...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091968/load-based-lower-neck-injury-criteria-for-females-from-rear-impact-from-cadaver-experiments
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Narayan Yoganandan, Frank A Pintar, Anjishnu Banerjee
The objectives of this study were to derive lower neck injury metrics/criteria and injury risk curves for the force, moment, and interaction criterion in rear impacts for females. Biomechanical data were obtained from previous intact and isolated post mortem human subjects and head-neck complexes subjected to posteroanterior accelerative loading. Censored data were used in the survival analysis model. The primary shear force, sagittal bending moment, and interaction (lower neck injury criterion, LNic) metrics were significant predictors of injury...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091873/prediction-of-left-ventricular-contractile-recovery-using-tissue-doppler-strain-and-strain-rate-measurements-at-rest-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Ihab M Abdelgawwad, Ahmed A Al Hawary, Hanan M Kamal, Layla M Al Maghawry
The aim of the study was to assess the ability of tissue Doppler (TD) deformation analysis at rest to predict left ventricular contractile recovery in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This prospective cohort enrolled 67 patients with segmental wall motion abnormality. Assessment of each segment was performed at rest and during low dose Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) using a 4 point scoring system, TD peak systolic strain (PSS) and peak systolic strain rate (PSSR). The study followed up the patients for contractile improvement after 6 months of successful PCI by echocardiography...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091859/cancer-genetic-counselors-current-practices-and-attitudes-related-to-the-use-of-tumor-profiling
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LeAnne Noelle Goedde, Nathan W Stupiansky, Melissa Lah, Kimberly A Quaid, Stephanie Cohen
Tumor profiling (TP) is primarily used to identify driver mutations within a tumor for treatment purposes, but it may also identify germline mutations. Current involvement of cancer genetic counselors (GCs) in the TP process is not clear. Members of the National Society of Genetic Counselors Cancer Special Interest Group were invited to participate in a confidential, web-based survey to characterize current practices and attitudes related to the use of TP. Of 105 useable responses, 86.7% of GCs reported their institutions were using TP, although only 6...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091846/risk-factors-of-surgical-site-infections-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease-complicated-with-gastrointestinal-fistula
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Kun Guo, Jianan Ren, Guanwei Li, Qiongyuan Hu, Xiuwen Wu, Zhiwei Wang, Gefei Wang, Guosheng Gu, Huajian Ren, Zhiwu Hong, Jieshou Li
PURPOSE: Surgical site infection (SSI) is the most common complication following surgical procedures. This study aimed to determine risk factors associated with SSI in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) complicated with gastrointestinal fistula. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of patients who underwent surgical resection in gastrointestinal fistula patients with CD between January 2013 and January 2015, identified from a prospectively maintained gastrointestinal fistula database...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091817/teratomas-of-the-cranial-vault-a-systematic-analysis-of-clinical-outcomes-stratified-by-histopathological-subtypes
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Carlito Lagman, Timothy T Bui, Brittany L Voth, Lawrance K Chung, David J Seo, Courtney Duong, Mark R Libowitz, Naomi E Walker, Daniel T Nagasawa, Isaac Yang
BACKGROUND: Teratomas of the cranial vault are divided into histopathological subtypes and grouped by prognoses: mature (good prognosis), mixed/malignant and immature teratomas (intermediate prognosis). This schema also includes non-teratomatous tumors. The authors of this study sought to elucidate histologically dependent predictors of survival and further clarify the classification system of intracranial teratomas. METHODS: We performed a systematic analysis of the published literature to identify studies describing patients with intracranial teratomas diagnosed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and presenting definite information on histologies, therapies, and outcomes at a minimum follow-up of 2 years...
January 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091813/prolonged-air-leak-following-lobectomy-can-be-predicted-in-lung-cancer-patients
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Satoru Okada, Junichi Shimada, Daishiro Kato, Hiroaki Tsunezuka, Masayoshi Inoue
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the factors associated with prolonged air leak (PAL) following pulmonary lobectomy for lung cancer. METHODS: The data of 146 patients who underwent pulmonary lobectomy for lung cancer between August 2010 and July 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Air leaks were assessed daily by a visual evaluation and were categorized as follows: forced expiratory only (Grade 1), expiratory only (Grade 2), or continuous (Grade 3)...
January 13, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091743/increased-expression-of-mir-15b-is-associated-with-clinicopathological-features-and-poor-prognosis-in-cervical-carcinoma
#19
Fang Wen, Jia-Zhen Xu, Xian-Rong Wang
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to explore the expression of microRNA-15b (miR-15b) in cervical carcinoma and to correlate its expression with clinicopathological characteristics and prognosis. METHODS: Quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction analysis was conducted to quantify the expression level of miR-15b in 607 cervical tissues, including 185 cervical carcinoma tissues, 124 CIN I lesions, 148 CIN II-III lesions, and 150 normal cervical tissues...
January 13, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091736/salvage-therapy-for-acute-chemorefractory-leukemia-by-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-the-korean-experience
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Shin Hye Yoo, Youngil Koh, Dae-Young Kim, Jung-Hee Lee, Je-Hwan Lee, Kyoo-Hyung Lee, Sung-Soo Yoon, Seonyang Park, Sung-Kyu Park, Dae-Sik Hong, Hyeon Gyu Yi, Chul-Soo Kim, Ji Eun Jang, June-Won Cheong, Joonho Moon, Yoo Hong Min, Sang Kyun Sohn, Inho Kim
Little is known about the characteristics that make patients with acute leukemia suitable for undergoing salvage therapy by allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Here, we analyzed the clinical outcomes of 223 patients with acute leukemia who underwent allo-HSCT while not in complete remission (CR). The primary end points were overall survival (OS) and CR rate. CR was achieved in 79.8% of patients after allo-HSCT. Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was significantly associated with CR (P = 0...
January 16, 2017: Annals of Hematology
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