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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644968/serum-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-predicts-the-formation-of-carotid-artery-plaque-and-its-vulnerability-in-anterior-circulation-cerebral-infarction
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Yuping Yang, Tao Xue, Juehua Zhu, Jiayi Xu, Xiaowei Hu, Penghao Wang, Tao Kong, Yan Yan, Lihui Yang, Shouru Xue
OBJECTIVE: Circulation inflammation markers such as high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) are considered as predictors of cerebral and cardiac vascular diseases. However, the role of hsCRP and Lp-PLA2 in the anterior circulation cerebral infarction (ACI) is to be elaborated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included 100 patients with acute anterior circulation cerebral infarction (AaCI group) and 50 non-infarction subjects (control group)...
June 12, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644873/circular-rna-expression-profiling-of-human-granulosa-cells-during-maternal-aging-reveals-novel-transcripts-associated-with-assisted-reproductive-technology-outcomes
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Jing Cheng, Jia Huang, Suzhen Yuan, Su Zhou, Wei Yan, Wei Shen, Yun Chen, Xi Xia, Aiyue Luo, Da Zhu, Shixuan Wang
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a unique class of endogenous RNAs which could be used as potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of many diseases. Our study aimed to investigate circRNA profiles in human granulosa cells (GCs) during maternal aging and to uncover age-related circRNA variations that potentially reflect decreased oocyte competence. CircRNAs in GCs from in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients with young age (YA, ≤ 30 years) and advanced age (AA, ≥ 38 years) were profiled by microarray, and validated in 20 paired samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644135/evaluation-of-thromboelastometry-parameters-as-predictive-markers-for-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome-in-patients-undergoing-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-acute-leukaemia
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Joanna Rupa-Matysek, Lidia Gil, Ewelina Wojtasińska, Zuzanna Kanduła, Adam Nowicki, Magdalena Matuszak, Mieczysław Komarnicki
Hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (previously named veno-occlusive disease, SOS/VOD) is a serious complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Early identification of patients at risk of SOS/VOD may possibly improve the outcome and reduce mortality. Rotation thromboelastometry (ROTEM) is global assay allowing for the precise assessment of both bleeding and thrombotic conditions, however, its usefulness in patients undergoing HSCT for acute leukaemia has not been studied.We evaluated the thromboelastometry parameters in patients undergoing allogeneic HSCT for acute leukaemia to identify candidate biomarkers of SOS/VOD occurrence...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643665/sonographic-landmarks-to-differentiate-false-labor-and-early-true-labor-as-a-possible-new-application-of-ultrasound-in-labor-ward
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A Bouzid, M Kehila, H Trabelsi, H S Abouda, R Ben Hmid, M B Chanoufi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate discrimination of clinical parameters and ultrasound examination to differentiate "false labor" and "true labor". METHODS: In a prospective study during a period of 6 months, a total of 178 patients in term (37-41 weeks) consulting our obstetric unit for uterine contraction, were enrolled. Patients were examined separately by a midwife and a resident and separated into "true labor group" and "false labor group". The clinical characteristics of true versus false labor patients were compared...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643439/a-simple-and-effective-physical-characteristic-profiling-method-for-methamphetamine-tablet-seized-in-china
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Tao Li, Zhendong Hua, Xin Meng, Cuimei Liu
Methamphetamine (MA) tablet production confers chemical and physical properties. This study developed a simple and effective physical characteristic profiling method for MA tablets with capital letter "WY" logos, which realized the discrimination between linked and unlinked seizures. Seventeen signature distances extracted from the "WY" logo were explored as factors for multivariate analysis and demonstrated to be effective to represent the features of tablets in the drug intelligence perspective. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to evaluate efficiency of different pretreatments and distance/correlation metrics, while "Standardization + Euclidean" and "Logarithm + Euclidean" algorithms outperformed the rest...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643191/role-of-obesity-variables-in-detecting-hypertension-in-an-iranian-population
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Patricia Khashayar, Hamidreza Aghaei Meybodi, Mohsen Rezaei Hemami, Bagher Larijani
INTRODUCTION: As the high incidence of hypertension has been in conjunction with dramatic increase in the prevalence of obesity, many studies have suggested obesity as its underlying cause in diverse race and ethnic groups. AIM: The present study was designed to quantify the relationship between obesity variables and hypertension in Iranian population. A ROC curve analysis was also used to determine an optimal BMI cutoff for obesity with the aim of representing elevated incidence of hypertension in this population...
June 22, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643135/preoperative-tumor-restaging-and-resectability-assessment-of-gastric-cancers-after-chemotherapy-diagnostic-accuracy-of-mdct-using-new-staging-criteria
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Ijin Joo, Se Hyung Kim, Su Joa Ahn, Eun Sun Lee, Cheong-Il Shin, Hyuk-Joon Lee, Han Kwang Yang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of preoperative MDCT for tumor restaging and determination of resectability in gastric cancers after chemotherapy using new staging criteria. METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by our institutional review board and the requirement for informed consent was waived. Thirty-seven patients with initially unresectable gastric cancers who had received chemotherapy followed by surgery were included. Two independent radiologists reviewed preoperative MDCT images to determine the TNM staging and rate the overall likelihood of resectability using a 5-point scale (5: definitely unresectable, 1: definitely resectable)...
June 22, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642976/prognostic-role-of-a-new-risk-index-for-the-prediction-of-30-day-cardiovascular-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism-the-age-mean-arterial-pressure-index-amapi
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Marco Zuin, Gianluca Rigatelli, Claudio Picariello, Mauro Carraro, Pietro Zonzin, Loris Roncon
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is the third cause of cardiovascular (CV) mortality. We evaluated a new risk index, named Age-Mean Arterial Pressure Index (AMAPI), to predict 30-day CV mortality in patients with acute PE. Data of 209 patients (44.0% male and 56.0% female, mean age 70.58 ± 14.14 years) with confirmed acute PE were retrospectively analysed. AMAPI was calculated as the ratio between age and mean arterial pressure (MAP), which was defined as [systolic blood pressure + (2 × diastolic blood pressure)]/3...
June 22, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642881/combining-carcinoembryonic-antigen-and-platelet-to-lymphocyte-ratio-to-predict-brain-metastasis-of-resected-lung-adenocarcinoma-patients
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Wei Wang, Chao Bian, Di Xia, Jin-Xi He, Ping Hai, Ren Zhao, Yan-Yang Wang
We aimed to evaluate the role of pretreatment carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR) in predicting brain metastasis after radical surgery for lung adenocarcinoma patients. The records of 103 patients with completely resected lung adenocarcinoma between 2013 and 2014 were reviewed. Clinicopathologic characteristics of these patients were assessed in the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Brain metastasis occurred in 12 patients (11.6%). On univariate analysis, N2 stage (P = 0...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642804/defining-an-optimal-cut-point-value-in-roc-analysis-an-alternative-approach
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Ilker Unal
ROC curve analysis is often applied to measure the diagnostic accuracy of a biomarker. The analysis results in two gains: diagnostic accuracy of the biomarker and the optimal cut-point value. There are many methods proposed in the literature to obtain the optimal cut-point value. In this study, a new approach, alternative to these methods, is proposed. The proposed approach is based on the value of the area under the ROC curve. This method defines the optimal cut-point value as the value whose sensitivity and specificity are the closest to the value of the area under the ROC curve and the absolute value of the difference between the sensitivity and specificity values is minimum...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642788/comparison-between-intestinal-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-and-crohn-s-disease-in-characteristics-of-symptom-endoscopy-and-radiology
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Tianyu Zhang, Liwen Hong, Zhengting Wang, Rong Fan, Maochen Zhang, Yun Lin, Mengmeng Cheng, Xiaolin Zhou, Peijun Sun, Xiaoyi Lin, Jie Zhong
AIM: To evaluate different parameters in differentiating intestinal BD from CD. METHODS: The medical records of inpatients with intestinal BD and CD were retrospectively reviewed. The univariate value of different parameters was analyzed, respectively. A differentiation model was established by pooling all valuable parameters together. Diagnostic efficacy was evaluated, and a receiver operating curve (ROC) was plotted. RESULTS: Forty-two BD patients and ninety-seven CD patients were reviewed...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642722/revision-of-audit-consumption-items-to-improve-the-screening-of-youth-binge-drinking
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María-Teresa Cortés-Tomás, José-Antonio Giménez-Costa, Patricia Motos-Sellés, María-Dolores Sancerni-Beitia
This study analyzes the appropriateness of an improved version of one of the most frequently used instruments for the screening of high-risk alcohol consumption. This adaptation was created in accordance with certain limitations recognized by other researchers and in an attempt to adjust the content and scales of some items to a more consensual definition of binge drinking. After revising items 2 and 3, the areas under the ROC curves of the AUDIT and of different abbreviated versions were calculated. A total of 906 minors (468 females) between the ages of 15 and 17 were evaluated...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641717/soluble-cd14-subtype-a-new-biomarker-in-predicting-the-outcome-of-critically-ill-septic-patients
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Giovanni Matera, Angela Quirino, Cinzia Peronace, Pio Settembre, Vito Marano, Maria T Loria, Nadia Marascio, Luisa Galati, Giorgio S Barreca, Aida Giancotti, Bruno Amantea, Maria C Liberto, Alfredo Focà
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the role of presepsin (soluble CD14 subtype, sCD14-ST) in predicting the outcome of critically ill septic patients in parallel with procalcitonin and C-reactive protein. METHODS: This study was an observational, prospective study that enrolled 58 surgical and medical intensive care unit patients with suspected sepsis. All studied subjects were retrospectively stratified into survivors and nonsurvivors based on 28 days survival and according to microbiological results in blood culture positive and negative groups...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641643/-change-of-plasma-interleukin-16-level-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma-and-its-clinical-significance
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Yue-Li Gu, Xi-Chun Xiao, Shuo Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the change of plasma IL-16 level in patients with multiple myeloma(MM) and its clinical significance. METHODS: Sixty-two patients with multiple myeloma were admitted in our hospital from June 2008 to June 2015. Forty healthy volunteers were selected as control group. The peripheral blood of all the patients and healthy volunteers were collected before the treatment of patients. The levels of IL-16, Cys-C, LDH and β2-MG were measured. ROC curve was used to analyze the optimal IL-16 thresholds in MM patients...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641629/-ratio-of-primary-bone-marrow-cells-after-induction-chemothrapy-for-two-weeks-in-the-patients-with-ph-all-and-its-influence-on-complete-remission-and-overall-progrosis
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Xi-Feng Wu, Ling Sun, Tan-Tan Li, Xiang-Cong Yin, Xue-Hong Ran
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of bone marrow blasts ratio after induction chemotherapy for 2 weeks in patients with Ph(-) ALL, and it's influence on complete remission (CR) and overall prognosis. METHODS: A total of 172 patients with Ph(-) ALL in our hospital from March 2012 to February 2016 were selected. The bone marrow blast ratio was analyzed by the receiver-operating characteristic curve (ROC) in patients after induction chemotherapy for 2 weeks, at same time its influence on CR and overall prognosis of Ph(-) ALL patients was evaluated...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640958/recommendations-for-revision-of-chinese-diagnostic-criterion-for-metabolic-syndrome-a-nationwide-study
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Ying Xing, Shaoyong Xu, Aihua Jia, Jing Cai, Mingwei Zhao, Jianhua Guo, Qiuhe Ji, Jie Ming
BACKGROUND: The metabolic syndrome (MS) criterion proposed by Chinese Diabetes Society (CDS) may have limitations, because it requires an additional 2-hour postprandial plasma glucose (2 h-PPG) to diagnose hyperglycemia. We aimed to revise the CDS criterion by removing the 2 h-PPG test, and determining the optimal fasting plasma glucose (FPG) cutoff for diagnosis of hyperglycemia in the Chinese population. METHODS: We obtained the study population from 2007-2008 China Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Study...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640854/maternal-bmi-and-diabetes-in-pregnancy-investigating-variations-between-ethnic-groups-using-routine-maternity-data-from-london-uk
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Erin Nishikawa, Laura Oakley, Paul T Seed, Pat Doyle, Eugene Oteng-Ntim
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the ethnicity-specific association between body mass index (BMI) and diabetes in pregnancy, with a focus on the appropriateness of using BMI cut-offs to identify pregnant women at risk of diabetes. STUDY DESIGN: Analysis of routinely-collected data from a maternity unit in London, UK. Data were available on 53 264 women delivering between 2004 and 2012. Logistic regression was used to explore the association between diabetes in pregnancy and BMI among women of different ethnicities, and adjusted probability estimates were used to derive risk equivalent cut-offs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640809/development-of-elisas-for-diagnosis-of-acute-typhoid-fever-in-nigerian-children
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Jiin Felgner, Aarti Jain, Rie Nakajima, Li Liang, Algis Jasinskas, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Joseph M Vinetz, Fabio Miyajima, Munir Pirmohamed, Fatimah Hassan-Hanga, Dominic Umoru, Binta Wudil Jibir, Safiya Gambo, Kudirat Olateju, Philip L Felgner, Stephen Obaro, D Huw Davies
Improved serodiagnostic tests for typhoid fever (TF) are needed for surveillance, to facilitate patient management, curb antibiotic resistance, and inform public health programs. To address this need, IgA, IgM and IgG ELISAs using Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and hemolysin E (t1477) protein were conducted on 86 Nigerian pediatric TF and 29 non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) cases, 178 culture-negative febrile cases, 28 "other" (i.e., non-Salmonella) pediatric infections, and 48 healthy Nigerian children...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640538/whole-lesion-histogram-analysis-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-evaluation-of-the-correlation-with-subtypes-of-mucinous-breast-carcinoma
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Yuan Guo, Qing-Cong Kong, Ye-Qing Zhu, Zhen-Zhen Liu, Ling-Rong Peng, Wen-Jie Tang, Rui-Meng Yang, Jia-Jun Xie, Chun-Ling Liu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the utility of the whole-lesion histogram apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for characterizing the heterogeneity of mucinous breast carcinoma (MBC) and to determine which ADC metrics may help to best differentiate subtypes of MBC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study involved 52 MBC patients, including 37 pure MBC (PMBC) and 15 mixed MBC (MMBC). The PMBC patients were subtyped into PMBC-A (20 cases) and PMBC-B (17 cases) groups...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640531/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-estrogen-receptor-positive-and-lymph-node-negative-invasive-breast-cancers-at-3-0t-dw-mri-a-potential-predictor-for-an-oncotype-dx-test-recurrence-score
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Sunitha B Thakur, Manuela Durando, Soledad Milans, Gene Y Cho, Lucas Gennaro, Elizabeth J Sutton, Dilip Giri, Elizabeth A Morris
PURPOSE: To measure the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) and axillary lymph node-negative (LN-) invasive breast cancer and investigate the correlation of ADC with Oncotype Dx test recurrence scores (ODxRS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant single-site retrospective study. Patients underwent preoperative 3.0T MRI scans with additional diffusion-weighted imaging sequential scans (b = 0, 600 and b = 0, 1000 s/mm(2) ) from January 2011 to 2013...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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