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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922027/a-day-4-lille-model-predicts-response-to-corticosteroids-and-mortality-in-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis
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Mauricio Garcia-Saenz-de-Sicilia, Chitharanjan Duvoor, Jose Altamirano, Roberta Chavez-Araujo, Veronica Prado, Ana de Lourdes Candolo-Martinelli, Patricia Holanda-Almeida, Bernardo Becerra-Martins-de-Oliveira, Simony Fernandez-de-Almeida, Ramón Bataller, Juan Caballeria, Andres Duarte-Rojo
OBJECTIVES: Prednisolone therapy increases the risk of infections in patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis (SAH). We evaluated whether the use of the Lille Model at day 4 (LM4) is useful to predict response to prednisolone compared with the classic day 7 (LM7) in order to limit a futile exposure to corticosteroids. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of a large multinational cohort of patients with SAH with Maddrey's discriminant function (DF) ≥32...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920548/platelet-count-and-platelet-indices-in-women-with-preeclampsia
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Muneera A AlSheeha, Rafi S Alaboudi, Mohammad A Alghasham, Javed Iqbal, Ishag Adam
BACKGROUND: Although the exact pathophysiology of preeclampsia is not completely understood, the utility of different platelets indices can be utilized to predict preeclampsia. OBJECTIVE: To compare platelet indices, namely platelet count (PC), mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW), and PC to MPV ratio in women with preeclampsia compared with healthy controls. SETTING: Qassim Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. DESIGN: A case-control study...
2016: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920215/plasma-nt-probnp-mirrors-the-deleterious-cardiovascular-and-renal-continuum-in-hypertension
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Pierre-Yves Courand, Brahim Harbaoui, Clément Bècle, Carine Mouly-Bertin, Pierre Lantelme
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were (a) to test the ability of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) to detect subclinical target organ damage (TOD) denoted by left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), aortic stiffness or renal damage and (b) to test its reproducibility in two different conditions in an ancillary study. METHODS: The study included 837 patients (50.9% men) with hypertension aged 50 ± 24 years with a median 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) of 148/90 mmHg...
December 5, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919850/detection-and-differentiation-of-early-hepatocellular-carcinoma-from-cirrhosis-using-ct-perfusion-in-a-rat-liver-model
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Jin-Ping Li, Guang-Long Feng, Da-Qing Li, Hai-Bo Wang, De-Li Zhao, Yong Wan, Hui-Jie Jiang
BACKGROUND: Functional imaging such as CT perfusion can detect morphological and hemodynamic changes in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Pre-carcinoma and early HCC nodules are difficult to differentiate by observing only their hemodynamics changes. The present study aimed to investigate hemodynamic parameters and evaluate their differential diagnostic cut-off between pre-carcinoma and early HCC nodules using CT perfusion and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control (n=20) and experimental (n=70) groups...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919602/hematocrit-and-plasma-albumin-levels-difference-may-be-a-potential-biomarker-to-discriminate-preeclampsia-and-eclampsia-in-patients-with-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy
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Dong-Mei Dai, Jing Cao, Hong-Mei Yang, Hai-Mei Sun, Yu Su, Yuan-Yuan Chen, Xiao Fang, Wang-Bin Xu
BACKGROUND: We evaluated whether alterations of hemoglobin (HB), hematocrit (HCT), serum albumin level (ALB), and the difference of HCT and ALB can be used in the diagnosis of preeclampsia and eclampsia in patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). METHODS: A total of 509 individuals were recruited and divided into 4 groups: Group 1, 170 healthy non-pregnant women; Group 2, 125 normal pregnant women; Group 3, 105 pregnant women diagnosed with gestational and chronic hypertension; Group 4, 109 pregnant women diagnosed as having preeclampsia and eclampsia...
December 2, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919382/a-clinical-decision-support-system-for-prediction-of-pregnancy-outcome-in-pregnant-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Khadijeh Paydar, Sharareh R Niakan Kalhori, Mahmoud Akbarian, Abbas Sheikhtaheri
OBJECTIVE: Pregnancy among systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-affected women is highly associated with poor obstetric outcomes. Predicting the risk of foetal outcome is essential for maximizing the success of pregnancy. This study aimed to develop a clinical decision support system (CDSS) to predict pregnancy outcomes among SLE-affected pregnant women. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 149 pregnant women with SLE, who were followed at Shariati Hospital (104 pregnancies) and a specialized clinic (45 pregnancies) from 1982 to 2014...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919145/-development-of-a-predictive-model-of-death-or-urgent-hospitalization-to-identify-frail-elderly
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Paolo Pandolfi, Natalina Collina, Paolo Marzaroli, Elisa Stivanello, Muriel Assunta Musti, Chiara Giansante, Vincenza Perlangeli, Lorenzo Pizzi, Sara De Lisio, Fausto Francia
OBJECTIVES: to develop and validate a predictive model of mortality or emergency hospitalization in all subjects aged 65 years and over. DESIGN: cohort study based on 9 different databases linked with each other. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: the model was developed on the population aged 65 years and over resident at 01.01.2011 for at least two years in the city of Bologna (Emilia-Romagna Region, Northern Italy); 96,000 persons were included...
November 2016: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918952/evaluation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-concentration-in-patients-with-tick-borne-encephalitis-neuroborreliosis-anaplasmosis-and-anaplasma-phagocythophilum-with-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-co-infection
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Anna Moniuszko-Malinowska, Piotr Czupryna, Justyna Dunaj, Renata Swierzbinska, Katarzyna Guziejko, Ryszard Rutkowski, Joanna Zajkowska, Sambor Grygorczuk, Maciej Kondrusik, Sławomir Pancewicz
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was the evaluation of NF-κB concentration in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with diagnosis of tick-borne diseases: tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), neuroborreliosis (NB), anaplasmosis (ANA) and patients co-infected with tick-borne encephalitis virus and Anaplasma phagocythophilum (TBE+ANA). Additionally NF-κB concentration during acute and convalescent period was compared. METHODS: Sixty-seven patients with diagnosis of tick-borne diseases were included in the study...
December 2, 2016: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918947/the-effect-of-blood-staining-on-cervicovaginal-quantitative-fetal-fibronectin-concentration-and-prediction-of-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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Natasha L Hezelgrave, Katy Kuhrt, Kate Cottam, Paul T Seed, Rachel M Tribe, Andrew H Shennan
OBJECTIVE: Spontaneous preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin (fFN) has enhanced prediction of preterm birth and, more recently, quantified results have become available so that management can planned more effectively and targeted to individual women. Manufacture guidelines stipulate that fetal fibronectin (fFN) samples should be discarded in the presence of moderate to heavy vaginal bleeding but there hasn't yet been any formal investigation into the effect of blood staining on fetal fibronectin concentration and subsequent preterm birth prediction...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918557/automated-evaluation-of-liver-fibrosis-in-thioacetamide-carbon-tetrachloride-and-bile-duct-ligation-rodent-models-using-second-harmonic-generation-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-microscopy
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Feng Liu, Long Chen, Hui-Ying Rao, Xiao Teng, Ya-Yun Ren, Yan-Qiang Lu, Wei Zhang, Nan Wu, Fang-Fang Liu, Lai Wei
Animal models provide a useful platform for developing and testing new drugs to treat liver fibrosis. Accordingly, we developed a novel automated system to evaluate liver fibrosis in rodent models. This system uses second-harmonic generation (SHG)/two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy to assess a total of four mouse and rat models, using chemical treatment with either thioacetamide (TAA) or carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), and a surgical method, bile duct ligation (BDL). The results obtained by the new technique were compared with that using Ishak fibrosis scores and two currently used quantitative methods for determining liver fibrosis: the collagen proportionate area (CPA) and measurement of hydroxyproline (HYP) content...
December 5, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918431/evaluation-of-microrna-expression-in-patients-with-herpes-zoster
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Xihan Li, Ying Huang, Yucheng Zhang, Na He
Reactivated varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which lies latent in the dorsal root ganglions and cranial nerves before its reactivation, is capable of causing herpes zoster (HZ), but the specific mechanism of virus reactivation and latency remains unknown. It was proposed that circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) in body fluids could potentially indicate infection. However, the connection between herpes zoster and circulating miRNAs has not been demonstrated. In this study, 41 HZ patients without superinfection were selected...
December 2, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917018/modeling-confidence-and-response-time-in-associative-recognition
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Chelsea Voskuilen, Roger Ratcliff
Research examining models of memory has focused on differences in the shapes of ROC curves across tasks and has used these differences to argue for and against the existence of multiple memory processes. ROC functions are usually obtained from confidence judgments, but the reaction times associated with these judgments are rarely considered. The RTCON2 diffusion model for confidence judgments has previously been applied to data from an item recognition paradigm. It provided an alternative explanation for the shape of the z-ROC function based on how subjects set their response boundaries and these settings are also constrained by reaction times...
January 2016: Journal of Memory and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916713/prognostic-value-of-ultrasound-grading-systems-in-prenatally-diagnosed-unilateral-urinary-tract-dilatation
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Aurélien Scalabre, Delphine Demède, Ségolène Gaillard, Jean-Pierre Pracros, Pierre Mouriquand, Pierre-Yves Mure
PURPOSE: To compare the prognostic values of the antero-posterior intrasinusal diameter (APD) of the renal pelvis, Urinary Tract Dilation (UTD) and Society for Fetal Urology (SFU) grading systems in children with prenatally diagnosed unilateral UTD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All newborns with prenatally diagnosed unilateral UTD, normal bladder and APD ≥10 mm on the first postnatal ultrasonography (US) were prospectively enrolled from January 2011 to February 2015...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916120/development-and-statistical-assessment-of-a-paper-based-immunoassay-for-detection-of-tumor-markers
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Thiago Mazzu-Nascimento, Giorgio Gianini Morbioli, Luis Aparecido Milan, Fabiana Cristina Donofrio, Carlos Alberto Mestriner, Emanuel Carrilho
Paper-based assays are an attractive low-cost option for clinical chemistry testing, due to characteristics such as short time of analysis, low consumption of samples and reagents, and high portability of assays. However, little attention has been given to the evaluation of the performance of these simple tests, which should include the use of a statistical approach to define the choice of best cut-off value for the test. The choice of the cut-off value impacts on the sensitivity and specificity of the bioassay...
January 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916074/-clinical-values-of-wnt3a-as-a-novel-biomarker-in-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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L Wang, L H Pan, M Yao, W J Zheng, M Fang, L W Qiu, Z Z Dong, D F Yao
Objective: To explore Wnt3a expression in HCC tissues and serum, and to discuss its clinical diagnostic and prognostic value. Methods: The Wnt3a expressions were detected in a total of 186 patients (HCC, liver cirrhosis and chronic Hepatitis) and 40 controls by Elisa, comparing with AFP to evaluate its clinical diagnosis value. Wnt3a expressions in 80 HCC and surrounding tissues were analyzed by IHC, to explore its prognostic value. Results: Wnt3a with brown staining was mainly distributed in cytosol and of hepatocyte membrane...
November 29, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916067/-the-value-of-fasting-plasma-glucose-and-lipid-profiles-between-7-and-15-gestational-weeks-in-the-prediction-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
#16
M Zhao, G H Li
Objective: To explore the value of using fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and lipid profiles between 7 and 15 gestational weeks to predict gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Methods: The medical records of 2 138 pregnant women who had prenatal care in Beijing Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital from August 2011 to February 2012 were analyzed retrospectively. According to results of the oral glucose tolerance tests, women were devided into the GDM group (n=240) and the normal group (n=1 898). Maternal characteristics, FPG and lipid levels between 7 and 15 gestational weeks were compared between the two groups...
November 25, 2016: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915109/decreased-myeloid-dendritic-cells-indicate-a-poor-prognosis-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-patients
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Wenjing Zhang, Mengmeng Li, Shue Xiong, Hua Wang, Yan Xiong, Mingyue Li, Mengji Lu, DongliangYang, Cheng Peng, Xin Zheng
OBJECTIVES: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a newly emerging infectious disease caused by a novel Bunyavirus in which host immune system suppression is thought to be crucial in the development of disease. The study is designed to study the frequencies and activation status of dendritic cells(DCs) at different stages of SFTS and its association with the disease severity. METHODS: All confirmed 115 SFTS patients were recruited from the Wuhan Union Hospital in 2015 and routine laboratory parameters were collected...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915085/monocyte-derived-circulating-microparticles-cd14-cd14-cd11b-and-cd14-cd142-are-related-to-long-term-prognosis-for-cardiovascular-mortality-in-stemi-patients
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Gemma Chiva-Blanch, Vibeke Bratseth, Vibeke Ritschel, Geir Ø Andersen, Sigrun Halvorsen, Jan Eritsland, Harald Arnesen, Lina Badimon, Ingebjørg Seljeflot
BACKGROUND: Circulating microparticles (cMPs) have been proposed as novel biomarkers of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We aimed to investigate the prognostic relevance of cMPs for future major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in STEMI patients. METHODS: We included 200 STEMI patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). One hundred patients with a primary composite end point (recurrent nonfatal acute MI, rehospitalization for heart failure, unscheduled PCI or death because of CV causes) were case-matched for sex, age, and CVD risk factors to 100 patients without a primary endpoint at the end of study follow-up (4...
November 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914752/utility-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-for-the-diagnosis-of-asbestos-related-diseases
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María Jesús Cruz, Victor Curull, Lara Pijuan, Daniel Álvarez-Simón, Albert Sánchez-Font, Javier de Gracia, Mario Culebras, Jaume Ferrer
INTRODUCTION: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) analysis has been proposed as an objective technique for confirming asbestos exposure. However, the reliability and diagnostic yield of this procedure has not been studied in Spain. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of the analysis of asbestos bodies (AB) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) for the diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases (ARD). METHODS: BAL samples from 72 patients (66 male, mean age 66 years) undergoing bronchoscopy were analyzed...
November 30, 2016: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913961/prediction-of-postoperative-clinical-recovery-of-drop-foot-attributable-to-lumbar-degenerative-diseases-via-a-bayesian-network
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Shota Takenaka, Hiroyuki Aono
BACKGROUND: Drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases can impair activities of daily living. Therefore, predictors of recovery of this symptom have been investigated using univariate or/and multivariate analyses. However, the conclusions have been somewhat controversial. Bayesian network models, which are graphic and intuitive to the clinician, may facilitate understanding of the prognosis of drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) To show a layered correlation among predictors of recovery from drop foot resulting from degenerative lumbar diseases; and (2) to develop support tools for clinical decisions to treat drop foot resulting from lumbar degenerative diseases...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
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