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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145693/early-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-in-preterm-or-low-birth-weight-infants
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Arne Ohlsson, Sanjay M Aher
BACKGROUND: Preterm infants have low plasma levels of erythropoietin (EPO), providing a rationale for the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) to prevent or treat anaemia and to provide neuro protection and protection against necrotising enterocolitis (NEC). Darbepoetin (Darbe) and EPO are currently available ESAs. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of ESAs (erythropoietin (EPO) and/or Darbe) initiated early (before eight days after birth) compared with placebo or no intervention in reducing red blood cell (RBC) transfusions, adverse neurological outcomes, and feeding intolerance including necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) in preterm and/or low birth weight infants...
November 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145688/is-primary-aldosteronism-still-largely-unrecognized
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Fabrizio Buffolo, Silvia Monticone, Jacopo Burrello, Martina Tetti, Franco Veglio, Tracy Ann Williams, Paolo Mulatero
Primary aldosteronism (PA) was first reported by Jerome W. Conn in 1954 when it was considered a rare disorder, only suspected in cases of hypertension and spontaneous hypokalemia. Over the last 30 years, with the wide application of the plasma aldosterone to plasma renin activity ratio as screening test, the clinical spectrum of PA has dramatically changed. Different studies displayed significant differences in term of patients investigated, diagnostic criteria and hormonal assays; however, large prospective studies with robust diagnostic criteria indicated that the prevalence of PA is around 6% of the general hypertensive population and 11% of the patients referred to hypertension centers...
November 16, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145603/accuracy-of-next-generation-sequencing-for-molecular-diagnosis-in-patients-with-infantile-nystagmus-syndrome
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John Hoon Rim, Seung-Tae Lee, Heon Yung Gee, Byung Joo Lee, Jong Rak Choi, Hye Won Park, Sueng-Han Han, Jinu Han
Importance: Infantile nystagmus syndrome (INS) is a group of disorders presenting with genetic and clinical heterogeneities that have challenged the genetic and clinical diagnoses of INS. Precise molecular diagnosis in early infancy may result in more accurate genetic counseling and improved patient management. Objective: To assess the accuracy of genomic data from next-generation sequencing (NGS) and phenotypic data to enhance the definitive diagnosis of INS. Design, Setting, and Participants: A single-center retrospective case series was conducted in 48 unrelated, consecutive patients with INS, with or without associated ocular or systemic conditions, who underwent genetic testing between June 1, 2015, and January 31, 2017...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145588/the-perspectives-of-pre-frail-and-frail-older-people-on-being-advised-about-exercise-a-qualitative-study
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Agathe Daria Jadczak, Joanne Dollard, Neha Mahajan, Renuka Visvanathan
Background: Exercise is considered to be the most effective strategy to treat, prevent and delay frailty, a prevalent geriatric syndrome observed in clinical practice. Encouraging frail older people to take up exercise is crucial in the management of this condition. The study aimed to explore pre-frail and frail older peoples' perspectives in relation to being advised about exercise and their perceptions of the general practitioners' (GPs) role in promoting exercise for older people. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 community-dwelling older (median age 83 years) participants screened pre-frail or frail using the FRAIL Screen...
November 14, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145583/association-between-the-severity-of-diabetic-retinopathy-and-falls-in-an-asian-population-with-diabetes-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
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Preeti Gupta, Amudha Aravindhan, Alfred T L Gan, Ryan E K Man, Eva K Fenwick, Paul Mitchell, Nicholas Tan, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng, Ecosse L Lamoureux
Importance: The presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy (DR) may contribute to the risk of falling in persons with diabetes, but evidence is currently equivocal. Objective: To investigate the associations of diabetes and DR severity with the likelihood of falls in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cross-sectional post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of participants from 3 ethnic groups (3280 Malay, 3400 Indian, and 3353 Chinese individuals) conducted from 2004 to 2011...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145573/human-papillomavirus-hpv-and-somatic-egfr-mutations-are-essential-mutually-exclusive-oncogenic-mechanisms-for-inverted-sinonasal-papillomas-and-associated-sinonasal-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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A M Udager, J B McHugh, C M Goudsmit, H C Weigelin, M S Lim, K S J Elenitoba-Johnson, B L Betz, T E Carey, N A Brown
Background: Inverted sinonasal papilloma (ISP) is a locally aggressive neoplasm often associated with sinonasal squamous cell carcinoma (SNSCC). While the etiology of ISP is not well understood, human papillomavirus (HPV) has been detected in a subset of cases. Our group recently identified activating somatic EGFR mutations in the majority of ISP and ISP-associated SNSCC. However, the relationship between EGFR mutations and HPV infection has not been explored. Patients and Methods: We evaluated 58 ISP and 22 ISP-associated SNSCC (including 13 patients with matched ISP/SNSCC samples), as well as 14 SNSCC without clinical or pathologic evidence of an associated ISP...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145554/prevalence-and-associations-of-central-peripheral-rivalry-type-diplopia-in-patients-with-epiretinal-membrane
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Kevin K Veverka, Sarah R Hatt, David A Leske, William L Brown, Andrew J Barkmeier, Raymond Iezzi, Jonathan M Holmes
Importance: The prevalence and clinical associations of patients with epiretinal membrane (ERM) who develop central-peripheral rivalry (CPR)-type diplopia are unknown. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of CPR-type diplopia in retinal disease clinic patients with ERM and to determine clinical findings associated with CPR-type diplopia. Design, Setting and Participants: A prospective cross-sectional study of 31 patients with ERM from retinal disease clinics to determine the prevalence of CPR-type diplopia...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145552/association-between-perceived-barriers-to-diabetes-self-management-and-diabetic-retinopathy-in-asian-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Ryan Eyn Kidd Man, Eva K Fenwick, Alfred Tau Liang Gan, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Preeti Gupta, Amudha Aravindhan, Tien Yin Wong, Gavin Siew Wei Tan, Ecosse L Lamoureux
Importance: A patient's perceived barriers to diabetes self-management (DSM) may affect his or her risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR); however, few studies have examined this association. Objective: To examine the association between perceived barriers to DSM and the severity spectrum of DR in Asian patients with type 2 diabetes. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional clinic-based study, the Singapore Diabetes Management Project, was conducted from December 28, 2010, to March 20, 2013, at the Singapore National Eye Centre, a tertiary eye care institute...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145543/association-of-ipilimumab-with-safety-and-antitumor-activity-in-women-with-metastatic-or-recurrent-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-carcinoma
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Stephanie Lheureux, Marcus O Butler, Blaise Clarke, Mihaela C Cristea, Lainie P Martin, Katia Tonkin, Gini F Fleming, Anna V Tinker, Hal W Hirte, Daliah Tsoref, Helen Mackay, Neesha C Dhani, Prafull Ghatage, Johanne Weberpals, Stephen Welch, Nhu-An Pham, Vinicius Motta, Valentin Sotov, Lisa Wang, Katherine Karakasis, Smitha Udagani, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Howard Z Streicher, Patricia Shaw, Amit M Oza
Importance: Based on evidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-induced immune evasion, immunotherapy may be an attractive strategy in cervical cancer. Ipilimumab is a fully humanized monoclonal antibody that blocks cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4), which acts to downregulate the T-cell immune response. Objective: To assess the safety and antitumor activity of ipilimumab in recurrent cervical cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: A multicenter trial was designed for patients with metastatic cervical cancer (squamous cell carcinoma or adenocarcinoma) with measurable disease and progression after at least 1 line of platinum chemotherapy...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145515/male-kidney-allograft-recipients-at-risk-for-urinary-tract-infection
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Gerold Thölking, Katharina Schuette-Nuetgen, Thomas Vogl, Ulrich Dobrindt, Barbara C Kahl, Marcus Brand, Hermann Pavenstädt, Barbara Suwelack, Raphael Koch, Stefan Reuter
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common infection after renal transplantation (RTx). Although female sex is a well-known risk factor for the development of UTI after RTx, the role of the donor sex in this context remains unclear. METHODS: In this case control study 6,763 RTx cases were screened for UTI when presenting at our transplant outpatient clinics. 102 different RTx patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were compared to 102 controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145510/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrests-in-switzerland-predictors-for-emergency-department-mortality-in-patients-with-rosc-or-on-going-cpr-on-admission-to-the-emergency-department
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Thomas C Sauter, Nora Iten, Patrik R Schwab, Wolf E Hautz, Meret E Ricklin, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos
BACKGROUND: One of the leading causes of death is out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) with an in-hospital mortality of about 70%. To identify predictors for the high mortality of OHCA patients and especially for women, that are considered at high risk for in-hospital mortality, we evaluated one specific setting of in-hospital treatment after OHCA: the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of consecutive ED admissions with OHCA at the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland from 1st June 2012 to 31th Mai 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145497/rare-genetic-variants-in-the-endocannabinoid-system-genes-cnr1-and-dagla-are-associated-with-neurological-phenotypes-in-humans
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Douglas R Smith, Christine M Stanley, Theodore Foss, Richard G Boles, Kevin McKernan
Rare genetic variants in the core endocannabinoid system genes CNR1, CNR2, DAGLA, MGLL and FAAH were identified in molecular testing data from 6,032 patients with a broad spectrum of neurological disorders. The variants were evaluated for association with phenotypes similar to those observed in the orthologous gene knockouts in mice. Heterozygous rare coding variants in CNR1, which encodes the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1), were found to be significantly associated with pain sensitivity (especially migraine), sleep and memory disorders-alone or in combination with anxiety-compared to a set of controls without such CNR1 variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145421/radiographic-prediction-of-meningioma-grade-by-semantic-and-radiomic-features
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Thibaud P Coroller, Wenya Linda Bi, Elizabeth Huynh, Malak Abedalthagafi, Ayal A Aizer, Noah F Greenwald, Chintan Parmar, Vivek Narayan, Winona W Wu, Samuel Miranda de Moura, Saksham Gupta, Rameen Beroukhim, Patrick Y Wen, Ossama Al-Mefty, Ian F Dunn, Sandro Santagata, Brian M Alexander, Raymond Y Huang, Hugo J W L Aerts
OBJECTIVES: The clinical management of meningioma is guided by tumor grade and biological behavior. Currently, the assessment of tumor grade follows surgical resection and histopathologic review. Reliable techniques for pre-operative determination of tumor grade may enhance clinical decision-making. METHODS: A total of 175 meningioma patients (103 low-grade and 72 high-grade) with pre-operative contrast-enhanced T1-MRI were included. Fifteen radiomic (quantitative) and 10 semantic (qualitative) features were applied to quantify the imaging phenotype...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145414/five-year-survival-and-associated-factors-in-women-treated-for-cervical-cancer-at-a-reference-hospital-in-the-brazilian-amazon
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Saul Rassy Carneiro, Marcela de Araújo Fagundes, Pricila de Jesus Oliveira do Rosário, Laura Maria Tomazi Neves, Givago da Silva Souza, Maria da Conceição Nascimento Pinheiro
Cervical cancer (CC) is the most common type of cancer in women and is the third leading cause of death in most developing countries, causing more than 288,000 deaths in women worldwide each year. The most favourable survival rate is in developed countries, since CC mortality has recently declined in those countries. The purpose of this study was to determine the survival rate and associated factors of CC patients at a reference hospital in the Amazon region. The patient sample included records of 339 patients with cervical cancer who had been hospitalized in Belém, Pará, Brazil from January 2005 to December 2010; the socioeconomic and clinical data were collected between June and September 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145343/anterior-release-and-nonstructural-bone-grafting-and-posterior-fixation-for-old-lower-cervical-dislocations-with-locked-facets
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Chen Ding, Ting-Kui Wu, Quan Gong, Tao Li, Li-Tai Ma, Bei-Yu Wang, Yu-Xiao Deng, Hao Liu
Lower cervical dislocations are often missed at the time of initial injury for several reasons. The treatment of old facet dislocations of the lower cervical spine is difficult, and the optimal method has not been established. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of a surgical technique, anterior release, and nonstructural bone grafting combined with posterior fixation, for the treatment of old lower cervical dislocations with locked facets.This was a retrospective study of 17 patients (13 men and 4 women) with old facet dislocations, who underwent the same surgical treatment at our hospital between April 2010 and January 2016...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145318/an-unusual-cause-of-fever-of-unknown-origin-with-enlarged-lymph-nodes-relapsing-polychondritis-a-case-report
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Wei Liu, Hongli Jiang, Han Jing, Bing Mao
INTRODUCTION: Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a common initial presentation leading to a diagnostic challenge. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 3-month history of moderate-to-high fever was reported in an otherwise healthy 54-year-old man. Enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans of his chest showed a remarkable progressive enlargement of bilateral cervical, supraclavicular, hilar, and mediastinal lymph nodes within 2 weeks. Bronchofibroscopy manifested obvious luminal stenosis with swelling, thick pale mucosa, and disappearing of structures of trachea cricoid cartilage, followed by a 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron-emission tomography-computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) with intense symmetric FDG uptake in larynx, tracheobronchial tree, and hilar, mediastinal, and axillary lymph nodes being demonstrated...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145291/early-enteral-nutrition-versus-delayed-enteral-nutrition-in-acute-pancreatitis-a-prisma-compliant-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ping Feng, Chenjian He, Guqing Liao, Yanming Chen
BACKGROUND: Whether early enteral nutrition (EEN) administration is more beneficial than delayed enteral nutrition (DEN) for patients with acute pancreatitis remains controversial. METHODS: This meta-analysis aimed to pool all relevant articles to evaluate the effects of EEN within 48 hours versus DEN beyond 48 hours on the clinical outcomes of patients with acute pancreatitis. We searched PubMed, Scopus, Embase, and Web of Science for all relevant studies and extracted the data concerning basic characteristics, complications, and mortality...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145283/the-relationship-between-rassf1a-promoter-methylation-and-thyroid-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-14-articles-and-a-bioinformatics-of-2-databases-prisma
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Heng Niu, Jingyu Yang, Kunxian Yang, Yingze Huang
BACKGROUND: DNA promoter methylation can suppresses gene expression and shows an important role in the biological functions of Ras association domain family 1A (RASSF1A). Many studies have performed to elucidate the role of RASSF1A promoter methylation in thyroid carcinoma, while the results were conflicting and heterogeneous. Here, we analyzed the data of databases to determine the relationship between RASSF1A promoter methylation and thyroid carcinoma. METHODS: We used the data from 14 cancer-normal studies and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database to analyze RASSF1A promoter methylation in thyroid carcinoma susceptibility...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145281/cup-revision-involving-retention-of-a-fixed-but-malpositioned-acetabular-component-in-patients-with-poor-general-conditions
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Weiping Su, Min Zeng, Yihe Hu, Jianxi Zhu, Long Wang, Jie Xie
This study evaluated the surgical technique and outcomes of cup revision involving retention of a fixed but malpositioned acetabular component in patients with poor general conditions.Between 2007 and 2013, we performed cup revision on 12 hips while retaining a fixed (either cemented or uncemented) but malpositioned acetabular component. Indications for this technique were: malpositioned but fixed acetabular shell; sufficient space for the insertion of the prosthesis; and patients with poor general conditions...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145280/liver-stiffness-measurement-and-spleen-diameter-as-predictors-for-the-presence-of-esophageal-varices-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Mohammed Tag-Adeen, Mohamed Alsenbesy, Ali Abdelrahman Ghweil, M Ali Hussein Abd Elrazek, Elsayed A Elgohary, Mohammad M Sallam, Ali Ismael, Abdallah Nawara
Although it is an invasive and unpleasant procedure, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is still the gold standard for esophageal varices (EV) detection. The aim of this study was to investigate liver stiffness measurement (LSM) and spleen diameter as simple noninvasive tools for EV prediction in chronic hepatitis C patients (CHC).A total of 123 Egyptian patients with CHC have been included and were classified based on screening EGD result into 2 groups; group A (without EV) and group B (with EV). Group (B) was subclassified according to EV grade into 4 subgroups: (B1, grade I), (B2, grade II), (B3, grade III), and (B4, grade IV)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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