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David Sanders, Dianne Bryant, Christina Tieszer, Abdel Lawendy, Mark MacLeod, Steven Papp, Liew Allan, Viskontas Darius, Coles Chad, Gurr Kevin, Carey Tim, Gofton Wade, Bailey Chris, Bartley Debra, Andrew Trenholm, Stone Trevor, Leighton Ross, Julia Foxall, Mauri Zomar, Kelly Trask
OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes in elderly patients with intertrochanteric hip fractures treated with either the sliding hip screw (SHS) or InterTAN intramedullary device (IT). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, multi-centre clinical trial SETTING:: Five level 1 trauma centresPatients/Participants: 249 patients aged 55 years or older with AO/OTA 31A1 (43) and OA/OTA 31A2 (206) fractures were prospectively enrolled and followed for 12 months. INTERVENTION: Computer generated randomization to either IT (n=123) or SHS (n=126)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Linda Chang, Gro C Løhaugen, Tamara Andres, Caroline S Jiang, Vanessa Douet, Naomi Tanizaki, Christina Walker, Deborrah Castillo, Ahnate Lim, Jon Skranes, Chad Otoshi, Eric N Miller, Thomas M Ernst
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an adaptive-working memory training (WMT) program, the corresponding neural correlates, and LMX1A-rs4657412 polymorphism on the adaptive-WMT, in HIV-participants compared to seronegative controls (SN). METHODS: 201/206 qualified participants completed baseline assessments before randomization to 25-sessions of adaptive-WMT or non-adaptive-WMT. 74/76 (34HIV, 42SN) completed adaptive-WMT and all 40 completed non-adaptive-WMT (20HIV, 20SN) and were assessed after 1-month, and 55 adaptive-WMT-participants were also assessed after 6-months...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Vladimir Lakhter, Mohamad Alkhouli, Chad J Zack, Huaqing Zhao, Howard A Cohen, Brian P O'Neill, Brian O'Murchu, Alfred A Bove, Riyaz Bashir
BACKGROUND: Women with coronary artery disease are less likely to be revascularized than men based on angiography alone. Recent studies have shown that female patients have higher fractional flow reserve (FFR) values for a given severity of coronary stenosis. However, gender differences in coronary revascularization rates following FFR assessment are unknown. METHODS: The nationwide inpatient sample database was used to identify all patients who underwent FFR in the United States between January 2009 and December 2010...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Sun-Wook Kim, Sol-Ji Yoon, Jung-Yeon Choi, Min-Gu Kang, Kwang-Il Kim, Cheol-Ho Kim
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation is the common arrhythmia in the elderly, and the average age of atrial fibrillation patients is rising. Elderly patients with atrial fibrillation have high incidence of thromboembolic complication and increasing age is associated with stroke severity. Assessing CHADS-VASc score is pivotal to evaluate substantial morbidity and mortality, especially regarding the increased risk of stroke. In addition, considering bleeding risk with HAS-BLED score is important to balance the benefit against the risk of bleeding...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Michael D Caggiano, Wade T Tinkham, Chad Hoffman, Antony S Cheng, Todd J Hawbaker
The wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where human development encroaches on undeveloped land, is expanding throughout the western United States resulting in increased wildfire risk to homes and communities. Although census based mapping efforts have provided insights into the pattern of development and expansion of the WUI at regional and national scales, these approaches do not provide sufficient detail for fine-scale fire and emergency management planning, which requires maps of individual building locations...
October 2016: Heliyon
Ashley M Stokes, Charles P Hart, C Chad Quarles
High-grade gliomas are often characterized by hypoxia, which is associated with both poor long-term prognosis and therapy resistance. The adverse role hypoxia plays in treatment resistance and disease progression has led to the development of hypoxia imaging methods and hypoxia-targeted treatments. Here, we determined the tumor hypoxia and vascular perfusion characteristics of 2 rat orthotopic glioma models using 18-fluoromisonidozole positron emission tomography. In addition, we determined tumor response to the hypoxia-activated prodrug evofosfamide (TH-302) in these rat glioma models...
September 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
Dmitry V Burdin, Alexey A Kolobov, Chad Brocker, Alexey A Soshnev, Nikolay Samusik, Anton V Demyanov, Silke Brilloff, Natalia Jarzebska, Jens Martens-Lobenhoffer, Maren Mieth, Renke Maas, Stefan R Bornstein, Stefanie M Bode-Böger, Frank Gonzalez, Norbert Weiss, Roman N Rodionov
Elevated levels of circulating asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginines (ADMA and SDMA) predict and potentially contribute to end organ damage in cardiovascular diseases. Alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase 2 (AGXT2) regulates systemic levels of ADMA and SDMA, and also of beta-aminoisobutyric acid (BAIB)-a modulator of lipid metabolism. We identified a putative binding site for hepatic nuclear factor 4 α (HNF4α) in AGXT2 promoter sequence. In a luciferase reporter assay we found a 75% decrease in activity of Agxt2 core promoter after disruption of the HNF4α binding site...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Singkome Tima, Siriporn Okonogi, Chadarat Ampasavate, Chad Pickens, Cory Berkland, Songyot Anuchapreeda
This study aimed at developing a curcumin (CM) nanoparticle targeted to Feline McDonough Sarcoma (FMS)-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) protein on the surface of leukemic cells and at evaluating their properties, specificity, cytotoxicity, and inhibitory effect on FLT3 protein level in FLT3-overexpressing leukemic cells, EoL-1, and MV-4-11 cells. FLT3-specific peptides were conjugated onto modified poloxamer 407 using the copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reaction. The thin film hydration method was performed for FLT3-specific CM-loaded polymeric micelles (FLT3-CM-micelles) preparation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vivek Subbiah, Kenneth R Hess, Muhammad Rizwan Khawaja, Michael J Wagner, Chad Tang, Aung Naing, Siqing Fu, Filip Janku, Sarina Piha-Paul, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Cynthia E Herzog, Joseph A Ludwig, Shreyaskumar Patel, Vinod Ravi, Robert S Benjamin, Funda Meric-Bernstam, David S Hong
Prognosis of patients with advanced sarcoma after progression from FDA approved therapies remains grim. In this study, clinical outcomes of 100 patients with advanced sarcoma who received treatment on novel targeted therapy trials were evaluated. Outcomes of interest included best response, clinical benefit rate, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Median patient age was 48 years (range 14-80). Patients had received a median of 2 prior lines of systemic treatment. Phase I treatments were anti-VEGF-based (n = 45), mTOR inhibitor-based (n = 15), and anti-VEGF + mTOR inhibitor-based (n = 17) or involved other targets (n = 23)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Amanda N Fader, James Java, Meaghan Tenney, Stephanie Ricci, Camille C Gunderson, Sarah M Temkin, Nick Spirtos, Christina L Kushnir, Michael L Pearl, Oliver Zivanovic, Krishnansu S Tewari, David O'Malley, Ellen M Hartenbach, Chad A Hamilton, Natalie S Gould, Robert S Mannel, William Rodgers, Joan L Walker
OBJECTIVES: We sought to analyze the clinicopathologic features, recurrence patterns and survival outcomes of women with high-grade uterine cancer (UC) enrolled on The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) LAP2 trial. METHODS: This is a post-hoc analysis of LAP-2 patients with grade 3 endometrioid adenocarcinoma (ENDO), uterine serous (USC), clear cell (CC) and carcinosarcoma (CS). Demographics, clinicopathologic features, and recurrence patterns, were compared by histology and surgical approach...
October 12, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Marcus J Goudie, Benjamin M Brainard, Chad W Schmeidt, Hitesh Handa
Infection and thrombosis are the two leading complications associated with blood contacting medical devices, and have led to active materials that can delivery antibiotics or antithrombotic agents. Two key characteristics of these materials are the ability to produce controlled delivery, as well as minimal systemic delivery of the agent outside of the device site. Nitric oxide (NO) releasing materials are attractive as NO plays pivotal roles in the body's natural defense against bacterial infection, as well as regulation of platelet adhesion and activation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Matthew J Feinstein, Brian Poole, Pedro Engel Gonzalez, Anna E Pawlowski, Daniel Schneider, Tim S Provias, Frank J Palella, Chad J Achenbach, Donald M Lloyd-Jones
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected persons develop coronary artery disease (CAD) more commonly and earlier than uninfected persons; however, the role of non-invasive testing to stratify CAD risk in HIV is not well defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients were selected from a single-center electronic cohort of HIV-infected patients and uninfected controls matched 1:2 on age, sex, race, and type of cardiovascular testing performed. Patients with abnormal echocardiographic or nuclear stress testing who subsequently underwent coronary angiography were included...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Chad D Watts, Matthew T Houdek, Cody C Wyles, Rafael J Sierra, Robert T Trousdale, Michael J Taunton
We conducted a study to compare 90-day outcomes of patients who underwent simultaneous bilateral total hip arthroplasties (THAs) through the direct anterior (DA) approach (n = 19 patients) or the posterior approach (n = 21) over a 2-year period (2012-2014). Compared with patients in the posterior group, patients in the DA group had longer operative times (153 vs 106 min; P < .001) and longer anesthesia times (257 vs 221 min; P = .007) but were more likely to be discharged home (100.0% vs 71.4%; P = .02)...
September 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
Donald R Hopkins, Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, Mark L Eberhard, Sharon L Roy, Adam J Weiss
Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) is caused by Dracunculus medinensis, a parasitic worm. Approximately 1 year after a person acquires infection from drinking contaminated water, the worm emerges through the skin, usually on the leg. Pain and secondary bacterial infection can cause temporary or permanent disability that disrupts work and schooling. The campaign to eradicate dracunculiasis worldwide began in 1980 at CDC. In 1986, the World Health Assembly called for dracunculiasis elimination (1), and the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program, led by the Carter Center and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), CDC, and other partners, began assisting ministries of health in countries where dracunculiasis was endemic...
October 14, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Ramon Casanova, Santiago Saldana, Sean L Simpson, Mary E Lacy, Angela R Subauste, Chad Blackshear, Lynne Wagenknecht, Alain G Bertoni
Statistical models to predict incident diabetes are often based on limited variables. Here we pursued two main goals: 1) investigate the relative performance of a machine learning method such as Random Forests (RF) for detecting incident diabetes in a high-dimensional setting defined by a large set of observational data, and 2) uncover potential predictors of diabetes. The Jackson Heart Study collected data at baseline and in two follow-up visits from 5,301 African Americans. We excluded those with baseline diabetes and no follow-up, leaving 3,633 individuals for analyses...
2016: PloS One
John Cawley, Chad Meyerhoefer, Leah G Gillingham, Penny Kris-Etherton, Peter J H Jones
AIMS: Diets high in saturated fat are associated with elevated risk of heart disease. This study estimates the savings in direct (medical care) costs and indirect (job absenteeism) costs in the US from reductions in heart disease associated with substituting monounsaturated fats (MUFA) for saturated fats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A four-part model of the medical care cost savings from avoided heart disease was estimated using data on 247,700 adults from the 2000-2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
Eric Yang, Jan Welink, Stephanie Cape, Eric Woolf, Jens Sydor, Christopher James, Dina Goykhman, Mark Arnold, Neil Addock, Ronald Bauer, Michael Buonarati, Eugene Ciccimaro, Raj Dodda, Christopher Evans, Fabio Garofolo, Nicola Hughes, Rafiq Islam, Corey Nehls, Amanda Wilson, Chad Briscoe, Mark Bustard, Laura Coppola, Stephanie Croft, Dieter Drexler, Luca Ferrari, Daniela Fraier, Rand Jenkins, John Kadavil, Lloyd King, Wenkui Li, Gustavo Mendes Lima Santos, Adrien Musuku, Ragu Ramanathan, Yoshiro Saito, Natasha Savoie, Scott Summerfield, Rachel Sun, Nilufer Tampal, Steve Vinter, Jason Wakelin-Smith, Qin Yue
The 2016 10(th) Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (10(th) WRIB) took place in Orlando, Florida with participation of close to 700 professionals from pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, contract research organizations, and regulatory agencies worldwide. WRIB was once again a 5-day, weeklong event - A Full Immersion Week of Bioanalysis including Biomarkers and Immunogenicity. As usual, it was specifically designed to facilitate sharing, reviewing, discussing and agreeing on approaches to address the most current issues of interest including both small and large molecule analysis involving LCMS, hybrid LBA/LCMS, and LBA approaches, with the focus on biomarkers and immunogenicity...
October 7, 2016: Bioanalysis
Nancy L Sinai, Peter S Coates, Katelyn M Andrle, Chad Jefferis, C Gabriel Sentíes-Cué, Maurice E Pitesky
To better understand the potential avian diseases in Greater Sage-grouse ( Centrocercus urophasianus ) in the Great Basin in Nevada, we collected 31 blood samples March-April 2014 and tested for antibodies to eight viruses and two bacteria. Specifically, sera were tested for antibodies to avian leukosis virus type A, B, and J (ALV-A, ALV-B, and ALV-J, respectively), infectious bursal disease virus, infectious bronchitis virus, reticuloendothelial virus, avian influenza virus (AIV), West Nile virus, Pasteurella multocida (PM), and Salmonella enterica serovar Pullorum...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Michael A Skinnider, Chad W Johnston, Robyn E Edgar, Chris A Dejong, Nishanth J Merwin, Philip N Rees, Nathan A Magarvey
Microbial natural products are an evolved resource of bioactive small molecules, which form the foundation of many modern therapeutic regimes. Ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptides (RiPPs) represent a class of natural products which have attracted extensive interest for their diverse chemical structures and potent biological activities. Genome sequencing has revealed that the vast majority of genetically encoded natural products remain unknown. Many bioinformatic resources have therefore been developed to predict the chemical structures of natural products, particularly nonribosomal peptides and polyketides, from sequence data...
October 3, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Miklos D Kertai, Sreekanth Cheruku, Wenjing Qi, Yi-Ju Li, G Chad Hughes, Joseph P Mathew, Jörn A Karhausen
OBJECTIVE: Aortic surgeries requiring hypothermic circulatory arrest evoke systemic inflammatory responses that often manifest as vasoplegia and hypotension. Because mast cells can rapidly release vasoactive and proinflammatory effectors, we investigated their role in intraoperative hypotension. METHODS: We studied 31 patients undergoing proximal aortic repair with hypothermic circulatory arrest between June 2013 and April 2015 at Duke University Medical Center...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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