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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549054/regulation-of-mir-146a-and-traf6-in-the-diagnose-of-lupus-nephritis
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Yunfeng Zhu, Zhenzhen Xue, Lizhe Di
BACKGROUND Lupus nephritis (LN) is a major complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This study tested miR-146a and its target gene TRAF6 expression in LN patients and discussed their relationship with LN. MATERIAL AND METHODS One hundred twenty-eight LN patients and 30 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. MiR-146a and TRAF6 expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were detected. Serum cytokines content was determined by ELISA. The diagnostic role of miR-146a and TRAF6 in LN activity was evaluated by ROC curve...
May 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548947/evaluation-of-cumulative-prognostic-score-based-on-pretreatment-plasma-fibrinogen-and-serum-albumin-levels-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-high-grade-gliomas
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Zhen-Qiang He, Hao Duan, Chao Ke, Xiang-Heng Zhang, Cheng-Cheng Guo, Fuad Al-Nahari, Ji Zhang, Zheng-He Chen, Yin-Sheng Chen, Zhi-Gang Liu, Jian Wang, Zhong-Ping Chen, Xiao-Bing Jiang, Yong-Gao Mou
This retrospective study was designed to determine the prognostic value of a cumulative score (FA score) based on pretreatment plasma fibrinogen and serum albumin levels for 326 patients newly diagnosed high-grade glioma (HGG). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to determine the optimal cut-off values. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed to evaluate the independent prognostic value of the FA scores associated with overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS)...
May 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548310/diagnostic-and-prognostic-values-of-club-cell-protein-16-cc16-in-critical-care-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Jinle Lin, Wenwu Zhang, Lijun Wang, Fang Tian
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a critical condition characterized by bilateral pulmonary infiltrates and severe hypoxemia. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic and prognostic values of Club cell protein 16 (CC16) in critical care patients with ARDS. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, 83 patients with ARDS and 129 non-ARDS patients on ICU admission were enrolled. The differences in serum CC16 and other laboratory indicators between two groups were analyzed...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547922/videofluoroscopic-assessment-of-the-pathophysiology-of-chronic-poststroke-oropharyngeal-dysphagia
#4
N Vilardell, L Rofes, V Arreola, A Martin, D Muriana, E Palomeras, O Ortega, P Clavé
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) is a major complaint following stroke, associated with poor clinical outcome and high mortality rates. We aimed at characterizing the kinematics of swallow response associated with unsafe swallowing in chronic poststroke patients with OD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Consecutive poststroke patients with a positive volume-viscosity swallow test for OD 3 months following stroke were studied by videofluoroscopy (VFS). Demographical and clinical factors and kinematics of swallow response were compared between those poststroke patients with safe swallow (penetration-aspiration scale, PAS≤2) and those with unsafe swallow (PAS≥3)...
May 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547665/comparison-of-endoscopic-ultrasonography-and-magnifying-endoscopy-for-assessment-of-the-invasion-depth-of-shallow-gastrointestinal-neoplasms-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhang Tao, Chen Yan, He Zhao, Jiawei Tsauo, Xiaowu Zhang, Bing Qiu, Yanqing Zhao, Xiao Li
OBJECTIVES: To conduct a meta-analysis to provide accurate evidence regarding the preferred diagnostic method, magnifying endoscopy (ME) or endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS), for assessment of the depth of invasion of the gastrointestinal neoplasms. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid Medline, and the Cochrane Library databases were searched for studies published between January 1946 and October 2016, regarding the use of EUS and ME to assess the invasion depth of gastrointestinal cancers...
May 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547521/validation-of-the-cingulate-island-sign-with-optimized-ratios-for-discriminating-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-from-alzheimer-s-disease-using-brain-perfusion-spect
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Etsuko Imabayashi, Tsutomu Soma, Daichi Sone, Tadashi Tsukamoto, Yukio Kimura, Noriko Sato, Miho Murata, Hiroshi Matsuda
OBJECTIVE: Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is often cited as the second most common dementia after Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is clinically important to distinguish DLB from AD because specific side effects of antipsychotic drugs are limited to DLB. The relative preservation of cingulate glucose metabolism in the posterior cingulate gyri versus that in the precuni, known as the cingulate island sign (CIS), in patients with DLB compared with AD is supposed to be highly specific for diagnosing DLB...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547178/clinical-impact-of-pet-ct-imaging-after-adjuvant-therapy-in-patients-with-oral-cavity-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Huan-Chun Lin, Chung-Jan Kang, Shiang-Fu Huang, Hung-Ming Wang, Chien-Yu Lin, Li-Yu Lee, Chun-Ta Liao, Tzu-Chen Yen
PURPOSE: This single-center retrospective study of prospectively collected data was aimed at comparing the clinical outcomes of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) with symptomatic recurrences identified by PET/CT imaging following adjuvant therapy (Group A) versus those of cases with asymptomatic recurrences diagnosed through periodic post-adjuvant therapy PET/CT surveillance (Group B). We also sought to establish the priority of salvage therapy in the two study groups...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546821/evaluation-of-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-platelet-lymphocyte-ratio-and-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-platelet-ratio-for-diagnosis-of-premature-ovarian-insufficiency
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Gulsah Ilhan, Fatma Ferda Verit Atmaca, Esra Altan, Ali Galip Zebitay, Hamdullah Sozen, Hurkan Akyol, Meryem Kurek Eken
Objective: To evaluate whether systemic inflammatory markers (neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) to platelet ratio (RPR)) can be used as reliable markers for the diagnosis of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) and to determine if there is a relationship between these markers and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) levels. Materials and methods: Written and electronic medical records were reviewed using searches for diagnoses with the terms of 'premature ovarian failure', 'premature ovarian insufficiency'...
December 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546046/on-the-use-of-geometric-modeling-to-predict-aortic-aneurysm-rupture
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Sruthi L Muluk, Pallavi D Muluk, Judy Shum, Ender A Finol
BACKGROUND: Currently, the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is determined using the maximal diameter (Dmax) of the aorta. We sought in this study to identify a set of CT-based geometric parameters that would better predict the risk of rupture than Dmax. METHODS: We obtained CT Scans from 180 patients (90 ruptured AAA, 90 elective AAA repair) and then used automated software to calculate 1-dimensional, 2-dimensional, and 3-dimensional geometric parameters for each AAA...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545914/epidemiology-and-outcome-analysis-of-sepsis-and-organ-dysfunction-failure-after-burns
#10
Monika Kristaq Belba, Elizana Ylber Petrela, Amy Gjergji Belba
BACKGROUND: The aim of this prospective study in adult population is to give frequency data (prevalence, incidence) of burn wound sepsis and its consequences (organ dysfunction/failure); to analyze the evolution of the SOFA cumulative score during the disease and relationship between the SOFA score in the 3rd, 7th, 14th and 21th day after burn with mortality. METHOD: A prospective cohort study was performed among adult patients (age ≥20 years) admitted in the ICU, with major and moderate burns...
May 22, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545791/the-combination-of-plasma-glutamate-and-physical-impairment-after-acute-stroke-as-a-potential-indicator-for-the-early-onset-post-stroke-depression
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Lei-Yu Geng, Fang-Yuan Qian, Jun-Feng Qian, Zhi-Jun Zhang
OBJECTS: The present study aimed to investigate the relationship of plasma glutamate levels with the early-onset of post-stroke depression (PSD) and to further explore the prognostic value of plasma glutamate combined with clinical characteristics for the early-onset PSD in the acute ischemic stroke patients. METHODS: Seventy-four patients who admitted to the hospital within 24h of acute ischemic stroke were consecutively recruited and followed up for 2weeks. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-17) were used to screen for depressive symptoms 14days after stroke...
May 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545685/diagnostic-value-of-combined-diffusion-weighted-imaging-with-dynamic-contrast-enhancement-mri-in-differentiating-malignant-from-benign-bone-lesions
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J Cao, L Xiao, B He, G Zhang, J Dong, Y Wu, H Xie, G Wang, X Lin
AIM: To determine the diagnostic value of combined diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) with dynamic contrast enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) in differentiating malignant from benign bone lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DWI and DCE-MRI were performed in 36 patients (14 were benign and 22 were malignant). The mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and signal enhanced extent (SEE), slope value, and time-signal intensity curve (TIC) type were recorded by two observers...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545421/diagnostic-performance-of-serum-blood-urea-nitrogen-to-creatinine-ratio-for-distinguishing-prerenal-from-intrinsic-acute-kidney-injury-in-the-emergency-department
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Guillaume Manoeuvrier, Kalyane Bach-Ngohou, Eric Batard, Damien Masson, David Trewick
BACKGROUND: The blood urea nitrogen to creatinine ratio (BCR) has been used since the early 1940s to help clinicians differentiate between prerenal acute kidney injury (PR AKI) and intrinsic AKI (I AKI). This ratio is simple to use and often put forward as a reliable diagnostic tool even though little scientific evidence supports this. The aim of this study was to determine whether BCR is a reliable tool for distinguishing PR AKI from I AKI. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study over a 13 months period, in the Emergency Department (ED) of Nantes University Hospital...
May 25, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545198/assessing-breast-cancer-awareness-in-thai-women-validation-of-the-breast-cancer-awareness-scale-b-cas
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Nitchamon Rakkapao, Supannee Promthet, Malcolm Anthony Moore, Solikhah Solikhah, Cameron Hurst
Background: Raising breast cancer awareness is a well-established first line strategy to reduce breast cancer mortality. A properly validated instrument is needed to gain a better understanding of breast cancer awareness. Objective: The objective of this study was to develop and validate an instrument to assess breast cancer awareness in Thai women. Methods: In this study, we develop and evaluate the validity of the Breast Cancer Awareness Scale (B-CAS). Construct validity was evaluated by using exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis, and criterion validity was investigated using ROC curves to examine the associations between B-CAS subscales and breast self-examination...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545019/circulating-soluble-programmed-death-1-levels-may-differentiate-immune-tolerant-phase-from-other-phases-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-from-other-clinical-diseases-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Na Li, Zhihua Zhou, Fang Li, Jiao Sang, Qunying Han, Yi Lv, Wenxuan Zhao, Chunyan Li, Zhengwen Liu
Programmed death-1 (PD-1) is involved in the immune dysfunction of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study analyzed the association of circulating soluble PD-1 (sPD-1) levels with the phases and clinical diseases in chronic HBV infection. Serum sPD-1 levels were determined by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay in patients with different phases and liver diseases of chronic HBV infection. The sPD-1 levels in patients with chronic HBV infection were significantly elevated compared with HBV infection resolvers or healthy controls...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545007/catechol-o-methyltransferase-gene-promoter-methylation-as-a-peripheral-biomarker-in-male-schizophrenia
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S Gao, J Cheng, G Li, T Sun, Y Xu, Y Wang, X Du, G Xu, S Duan
As an epigenetic modification, DNA methylation may reflect the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in the development of schizophrenia (SCZ). Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene is a promising candidate gene of SCZ. In the present study, we investigate the association of COMT methylation with the risk of SCZ using bisulfite pyrosequencing technology. Significant association between DNA methylation of COMT and the risk of SCZ is identified (P=1.618e-007). A breakdown analysis by gender shows that the significance is driven by males (P=3...
March 30, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544821/predictive-model-for-high-frequency-microsatellite-instability-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-over-50%C3%A2-years-of-age
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Kenji Fujiyoshi, Tatsuro Yamaguchi, Miho Kakuta, Akemi Takahashi, Yoshiko Arai, Mina Yamada, Gou Yamamoto, Sachiko Ohde, Misato Takao, Shin-Ichiro Horiguchi, Soichiro Natsume, Shinsuke Kazama, Yusuke Nishizawa, Yoji Nishimura, Yoshito Akagi, Hirohiko Sakamoto, Kiwamu Akagi
Microsatellite instability (MSI) is an important biomarker for screening for Lynch syndrome, and also of response to immune checkpoint inhibitors. The aim of this study is to create a predictive model to determine which elderly patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) should undergo MSI and/or immunohistochemistry testing on the basis of clinicopathological data. We analyzed a test cohort of CRC patients aged ≥50 years (n = 2219) by multivariate logistic regression analyses to identify predictors of high-frequency MSI (MSI-H)...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544481/matching-phenotypes-to-whole-genomes-lessons-learned-from-four-iterations-of-the-personal-genome-project-community-challenges
#18
Binghuang Cai, Biao Li, Nikki Kiga, Janita Thusberg, Timothy Bergquist, Yun-Ching Chen, Noushin Niknafs, Hannah Carter, Collin Tokheim, Violeta Beleva-Guthrie, Christopher Douville, Rohit Bhattacharya, Hui Ting Grace Yeo, Jean Fan, Sohini Sengupta, Dewey Kim, Melissa Cline, Tychele Turner, Mark Diekhans, Jan Zaucha, Lipika R Pal, Chen Cao, Chen-Hsin Yu, Yizhou Yin, Marco Carraro, Manuel Giollo, Carlo Ferrari, Emanuela Leonardi, Silvio C E Tosatto, Jason Bobe, Madeleine Ball, Roger Hoskins, Susanna Repo, George Church, Steven E Brenner, John Moult, Julian Gough, Mario Stanke, Rachel Karchin, Sean D Mooney
The advent of next generation sequencing has dramatically decreased the cost for whole genome sequencing and increased the viability for its application in research and clinical care. The Personal Genome Project (PGP) provides unrestricted access to genomes of individuals and their associated phenotypes. This resource enabled the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) to create a community challenge to assess the bioinformatics community's ability to predict traits from whole genomes. In CAGI PGP challenge, researchers were asked to predict whether an individual had a particular trait or profile based on their whole genome...
May 23, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544337/growth-curves-of-normal-serum-total-ige-levels-throughout-childhood-a-quantile-analysis-in-a-birth-cohort
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Chiara Sacco, Serena Perna, Donatella Vicari, Marco Alfò, Carl-Peter Bauer, Ute Hoffman, Johannes Forster, Fred Zepp, Antje Schuster, Ulrich Wahn, Thomas Keil, Susanne Lau, Paolo Maria Matricardi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies of serum total IgE (t-IgE) were not able to discriminate well enough atopic from non-atopic subjects, i.e. with or without serum-specific IgE antibodies to allergens. OBJECTIVES: To model growth curves of the total IgE levels in children without atopic sensitization (hereafter defined as "normal" t-IgE levels) and to test their usefulness in predicting atopic sensitization. METHODS: The German Multicentre Allergy Study (MAS), a birth cohort with 1314 recruited newborns, began in 1990 and examined the participants until age 20y...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544156/m2bpgi-as-a-potential-diagnostic-tool-of-cirrhosis-in-chinese-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#20
Bin Wei, Shu Feng, Enqiang Chen, Dongdong Li, Tingting Wang, Yu Gou, Tingting Yang, Dongmei Zhang, Chuanmin Tao, Hong Tang
BACKGROUND: M2BPGi is a novel serum glycobiomarker of liver fibrosis. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of M2BPGi for predicting liver fibrosis and disease progression in Chinese hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected patients. METHODS: We enrolled 228 HBV infected patients with different status of liver fibrosis diagnosed using FibroScan. We analyzed the diagnostic accuracy of M2BPGi, and compared it with AST-to-platelet ratio (APRI), FIB-4 index, AST to ALT ratio (AAR), and RDW to platelet ratio (RPR)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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