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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921080/echo-and-bnp-serial-assessment-in-ambulatory-heart-failure-care-data-on-loop-diuretic-use-and-renal-function
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Frank Lloyd Dini, Anca Simioniuc, Erberto Carluccio, Stefano Ghio, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Biagioli, Gianpaolo Reboldi, Gian Giacomo Galeotti, Fei Lu, Cornelia Zara, Gillian Whalley, Pier Luigi Temporelli
We compared the follow-up data on loop diuretic use and renal function, as assessed by serum creatinine levels, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), of two groups of consecutive ambulatory HF patients: 1) the clinically-guided group, in which management was clinically driven based on the institutional protocol of the HF Unit of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department of Pisa (standard of care) and 2) the echo and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) guided group (patients conforming to the protocol of the Network Labs Ultrasound (NEBULA) in HF Study Group: Pisa, Perugia, Pavia; Verona, Auckland, and Veruno), in which therapy was delivered according to the serial assessment of BNP and echocardiography...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917132/testlet-based-multidimensional-adaptive-testing
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Andreas Frey, Nicki-Nils Seitz, Steffen Brandt
Multidimensional adaptive testing (MAT) is a highly efficient method for the simultaneous measurement of several latent traits. Currently, no psychometrically sound approach is available for the use of MAT in testlet-based tests. Testlets are sets of items sharing a common stimulus such as a graph or a text. They are frequently used in large operational testing programs like TOEFL, PISA, PIRLS, or NAEP. To make MAT accessible for such testing programs, we present a novel combination of MAT with a multidimensional generalization of the random effects testlet model (MAT-MTIRT)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908217/the-evaluation-of-temperament-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Zeynep Ozcan Dag, Murat Alpua, Yuksel Isik, S Visal Buturak, Ozlem B Tulmac, Yakup Turkel
AIMS: To evaluate the temperament and quality of life (QoL) of patients with PCOS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-three adult patients with PCOS and 38 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Demographic characteristics including age, education and body mass index (BMI) were recorded. Affective temperaments were assessed by the temperament evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris and San Diego-autoquestionnaire version (TEMPS-A) scale. The general health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instrument used in this study was short Form 36...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900822/stimulus-responsive-nanoparticles-and-associated-reversible-polymorphism-via-polymerization-induced-self-assembly-pisa
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Yiwen Pei, Andrew B Lowe, Peter J Roth
Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) is an extremely versatile method for the in situ preparation of soft-matter nanoparticles of defined size and morphologies at high concentrations, suitable for large-scale production. Recently, certain PISA-prepared nanoparticles have been shown to exhibit reversible polymorphism ("shape-shifting"), typically between micellar, worm-like, and vesicular phases (order-order transitions), in response to external stimuli including temperature, pH, electrolytes, and chemical modification...
November 30, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899986/metastasis-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-to-the-parathyroid-gland-16-years-after-radical-nephrectomy-a-case-report
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Liborio Torregrossa, Maria Isabella Rotondo, Andrea Cacciato Insilla, David Galleri, Federica Guidoccio, Paolo Miccoli, Virginia A Livolsi, Fulvio Basolo
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has a high metastatic potential, and most commonly metastasizes via the bloodstream, although lymphatic metastases also occur. RCC is well-known for its propensity to metastasize to unusual sites, and late metastasis, even after a number of years, is common. The occurrence of RCC metastasis to the head and neck region is uncommon, and occurs primarily in the thyroid gland and in patients with widespread dissemination. Involvement of the parathyroid gland in metastatic carcinoma is extremely rare...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890771/echocardiographic-determinants-of-one-year-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-complicated-by-significant-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Kai Hu, Dan Liu, Stefan Störk, Sebastian Herrmann, Daniel Oder, Georg Ertl, Wolfram Voelker, Frank Weidemann, Peter Nordbeck
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction plays an important role in chronic heart failure (CHF). We evaluated the echocardiographic determinants of one-year all-cause mortality in CHF patients with clinically relevant functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 101 consecutive CHF patients (mean age 74±10 years; 53% male) with moderate/severe functional TR were enrolled. Each patient underwent at least two echocardiography examinations in an interval >6 months...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888682/affective-temperaments-as-measured-by-temps-a-among-self-poisoning-nonlethal-suicide-attempters
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Amir Rezaei Ardani, Farhad Farid Hosseini, Zahra Asadpour, Amir Masoud Hashemian, Bita Dadpour, Mahsa Nahidi
Suicidal behaviors are serious public health problems. The prominent association of mood disorders with suicide, along with the renaissance of the spectrum concept of psychiatric disorders in the recent decades, prioritizes the investigation of temperament variants in suicidal individuals. This study aimed to explore the relationship between affective temperaments and nonviolent suicide attempts. We administered Temperament Evaluation of the Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego Auto questionnaire (TEMPS-A) to 141 (27 males and 114 females) consecutive self-poisoning non-lethal suicide attempters at a Medical Toxicology Center and a sex and age matched group of healthy individuals (28 males, 112 females)...
November 17, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875918/expected-and-actual-adverse-drug-drug-interactions-in-elderly-patients-accessing-the-emergency-department-data-from-the-ancestral-ed-study
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A Marino, A Capogrosso-Sansone, M Tuccori, G Bini, V Calsolaro, S Mantarro, I Convertino, G Pasqualetti, E Orsitto, M Santini, F Monzani, C Blandizzi
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed at evaluating the frequency and describing the adverse drug-drug interactions (DDIs) recorded among elderly patients accessing the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Patients aged ≥65 years, accessing the ED of Pisa University Hospital (Italy) from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 within the ANCESTRAL-ED program, were included in this study. 'Expected' DDIs were assessed using Thomson Micromedex®. Each ED admission (discharge diagnosis) consistent with the signs and symptoms of an expected DDI for each patient was classified as an 'actual' DDI...
December 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872620/fungal-enolase-%C3%AE-tubulin-and-chitin-are-detected-in-brain-tissue-from-alzheimer-s-disease-patients
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Diana Pisa, Ruth Alonso, Alberto Rábano, Michael N Horst, Luis Carrasco
Recent findings provide evidence that fungal structures can be detected in brain tissue from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients using rabbit polyclonal antibodies raised against whole fungal cells. In the present work, we have developed and tested specific antibodies that recognize the fungal proteins, enolase and β-tubulin, and an antibody that recognizes the fungal polysaccharide chitin. Consistent with our previous studies, a number of rounded yeast-like and hyphal structures were detected using these antibodies in brain sections from AD patients...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869905/-l-ortoressia-nervosa-in-un-campione-di-popolazione-universitaria-italiana
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Liliana Dell'Osso, Marianna Abelli, Barbara Carpita, Gabriele Massimetti, Stefano Pini, Luigi Rivetti, Federica Gorrasi, Rosalba Tognetti, Valdo Ricca, Claudia Carmassi
RIASSUNTO. Scopo. Valutare la frequenza e le caratteristiche dei comportamenti ortoressici in una vasta popolazione universitaria. Metodi. Un totale di 2826 individui hanno volontariamente completato in forma anonima l'ORTO-15 presente online, questionario autosomministrabile disegnato e validato con lo scopo di valutare la sintomatologia ortoressica. Come già fatto in studi precedenti, un punteggio totale all'ORTO-15 inferiore a 35 è stato utilizzato come soglia ottimale per evidenziare una tendenza per l'ortoressia nervosa...
September 2016: Rivista di Psichiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847583/multiple-spinal-revision-surgery-in-a-patient-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Hridayesh Pratap Malla, Min Ki Kim, Tae Sung Kim, Dae Jean Jo
Parkinson's disease (PD) patients frequently have several spinal deformities leading to postural instabilities including camptocormia, myopathy-induced postural deformity, Pisa syndrome, and progressive degeneration, all of which adversely affect daily life activities. To improve these postural deformities and relieve the related neurologic symptoms, patients often undergo spinal instrumentation surgery. Due to progressive degenerative changes related to PD itself and other complicating factors, patients and surgeons are faced with instrument failure-related complications, which can ultimately result in multiple revision surgeries yielding various postoperative complications and morbidities...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844271/monitoring-countries-in-a-changing-world-a-new-look-at-dif-in-international-surveys
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Robert J Zwitser, S Sjoerd F Glaser, Gunter Maris
This paper discusses the issue of differential item functioning (DIF) in international surveys. DIF is likely to occur in international surveys. What is needed is a statistical approach that takes DIF into account, while at the same time allowing for meaningful comparisons between countries. Some existing approaches are discussed and an alternative is provided. The core of this alternative approach is to define the construct as a large set of items, and to report in terms of summary statistics. Since the data are incomplete, measurement models are used to complete the incomplete data...
November 14, 2016: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828814/recurrent-and-alternating-pisa-syndrome-a-surprising-entity
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Michel Sáenz-Farret, Alejandro Pellene, Federico Micheli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813186/percutaneous-trans-coronary-venous-mitral-annuloplasty-in-patients-with-functional-mitral-regurgitation-analysis-of-poznan-carillon-registry-data
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Piotr Kałmucki, Olga Jerzykowska, Rafał Dankowski, Artur Baszko, Lucyna Kramer, Andrzej Szyszka, Tomasz Siminiak
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of our study is to verify, whether percutaneous mitral annuloplasty results in reverse remodeling in patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) and impaired ejection fraction (EF) and to investigate which echo parameters may help in prediction of the efficacy of the procedure. BACKGROUND: FMR exacerbates left ventricular (LV) dilatation and contributes to both LV remodeling and heart failure. METHODS: We analyzed baseline and 1 month follow-up data in 22 consecutive patients with FMR, who underwent successful percutaneous trans-coronary venous mitral annuloplasty with the Carillon device...
December 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809826/hospitalizations-due-to-respiratory-failure-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-their-impact-on-survival-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Federica Edith Pisa, Giancarlo Logroscino, Paolo Giacomelli Battiston, Fabio Barbone
BACKGROUND: Respiratory failure, infections and aspiration pneumonia, are the main causes of morbidity and mortality in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In a population-based cohort, we assessed (a) hospital utilization and (b) impact of hospitalization for respiratory failure on survival. METHODS: All patients with incident ALS in Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Italy, from 2002 to 2009, were identified through multiple sources. Diagnosis was validated through clinical documentation review...
November 3, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795581/abc-triblock-copolymer-worms-synthesis-characterization-and-evaluation-as-pickering-emulsifiers-for-millimeter-sized-droplets
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C J Mable, K L Thompson, M J Derry, O O Mykhaylyk, B P Binks, S P Armes
Polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) is used to prepare linear poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)-poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate)-poly(benzyl methacrylate) [PGMA-PHPMA-PBzMA] triblock copolymer nano-objects in the form of a concentrated aqueous dispersion via a three-step synthesis based on reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. First, GMA is polymerized via RAFT solution polymerization in ethanol, then HPMA is polymerized via RAFT aqueous solution polymerization, and finally BzMA is polymerized via "seeded" RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790171/academic-performance-of-native-and-immigrant-students-a-study-focused-on-the-perception-of-family-support-and-control-school-satisfaction-and-learning-environment
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Miguel A Santos, Agustín Godás, María J Ferraces, Mar Lorenzo
The international assessment studies of key competences, such as the PISA report of the OECD, have revealed that the academic performance of Spanish students is significantly below the OECD average. In addition, it has also been confirmed that the results of immigrant students are consistently lower than those of their native counterparts. Given the context, the first objective of this work is to observe the variables (support, control, school satisfaction, and learning environment) which distinguish between retained and non-retained native and immigrant students...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790140/the-droplet-digital-pcr-a-new-valid-molecular-approach-for-the-assessment-of-b-raf-v600e-mutation-in-hairy-cell-leukemia
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Francesca Guerrini, Matteo Paolicchi, Francesco Ghio, Elena Ciabatti, Susanna Grassi, Serena Salehzadeh, Giacomo Ercolano, Maria R Metelli, Marzia Del Re, Lorenzo Iovino, Iacopo Petrini, Giovanni Carulli, Nadia Cecconi, Martina Rousseau, Giulia Cervetti, Sara Galimberti
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a chronic lymphoproliferative B-cell disorder where the B-RAF V600E mutation has been recently detected, as reported for solid neoplasias but not for other B-cell lymphomas. The digital droplet PCR (dd-PCR) is a molecular technique that, without standard references, is able to accurately quantitate DNA mutations. ddPCR could be an useful instrument for the detection of the B-RAF V600E mutation in HCL, where the minimal residual disease monitoring is fundamental for planning a patients-targeted treatment in the era of new anti-CD20 and anti-RAF compounds...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783716/the-biological-rhythms-interview-of-assessment-in-neuropsychiatry-in-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-correlation-with-affective-temperaments-and-schizotypy
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Ewa Dopierala, Adrian A Chrobak, Flavio Kapczinski, Michal Michalak, Anna Tereszko, Ewa Ferensztajn-Rochowiak, Dominika Dudek, Daria Dembinska-Krajewska, Marcin Siwek, Jan Jaracz, Janusz K Rybakowski
Objective: To assess the relationship of biological rhythms, evaluated by the Biological Rhythms Interview of Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (BRIAN), with affective temperaments and schizotypy. Methods: The BRIAN assessment, along with the Temperament Evaluation of Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego-Autoquestionnaire (TEMPS-A) and the Oxford-Liverpool Inventory for Feelings and Experiences (O-LIFE), was administered to 54 patients with remitted bipolar disorder (BD) and 54 healthy control (HC) subjects...
October 20, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779784/pisa-syndrome-in-parkinson-s-disease-an-integrated-approach-from-pathophysiology-to-management
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REVIEW
Michele Tinazzi, Christian Geroin, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Nicola Smania, Stefano Tamburin, Francesca Morgante, Alfonso Fasano
Pisa syndrome was first described in 1972 in patients treated with neuroleptics. Since 2003, when it was first reported in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), Pisa syndrome has progressively drawn the attention of clinicians and researchers. Although emerging evidence has partially clarified its prevalence and pathophysiology, the current debate revolves around diagnostic criteria and assessment and the effectiveness of pharmacological, surgical, and rehabilitative approaches. Contrary to initial thought, Pisa syndrome is common among PD patients, with an estimated prevalence of 8...
October 25, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
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