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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431828/clinical-use-of-monopronucleated-zygotes-following-blastocyst-culture-and-preimplantation-genetic-screening-including-verification-of-biparental-chromosome-inheritance
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Cara K Bradley, Maria Traversa, Natalie Hobson, Alison J Gee, Steven J McArthur
In assisted reproduction, embryos derived from monopronucleated (1PN) zygotes are considered abnormal and unsuitable for clinical use. Outcomes of 1PN-derived embryos designated for preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) were analysed. These embryos, especially from intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), were found to have a low developmental potential; 1PN and 2PN day 5 blastocyst development for IVF was 14.8% versus 36.4% (P < 0.0001), and for ICSI, 6.6% versus 34.0% (P < 0.0001), respectively. With the use of comparative genomic hybridization or next-generation sequencing, PGS was successfully carried out for 74 IVF and 32 ICSI 1PN-derived blastocysts, revealing adjusted abnormality rates of 39...
March 27, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431606/screening-for-cognitive-and-behavioural-impairment-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frequency-of-abnormality-and-effect-on-survival
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Zhouwei Xu, Ashwag Rafea S Alruwaili, Robert David Henderson, Pamela Ann McCombe
OBJECTIVE: To screen for cognitive and behavioural impairment in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and controls with neuromuscular disease and to correlate these with clinical features. METHODS: 108 people with ALS and 60 controls with other neuromuscular diseases were recruited and assessed with the Addenbrooke's cognitive examination-III (ACE-III), the frontal assessment battery (FAB), and the executive function component of the Edinburgh cognitive and behavioural ALS screen (ECAS)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430984/adjunctive-use-of-anticoagulants-at-the-time-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-an-acute-coronary-syndrome-treated-with-fondaparinux-a-multinational-retrospective-review
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Jill E Abell, Shiona M Laing, Tara C Barker, Elliott C Norry, Kathryn Starzyk, Shaun G Goodman, Mikael Dellborg, P Gabriel Steg, Robert P Giugliano
Aim: This retrospective chart review was designed to evaluate physician adherence to the prescribing information for fondaparinux regarding adjunctive anticoagulant use during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods and Results: Medical record abstractors at each site obtained information regarding the use of fondaparinux and adjunctive anticoagulants during PCI. Physician adherence to fondaparinux prescribing information regarding the administration of an adjunctive anticoagulant during PCI was estimated using generalized estimating equations...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429976/reimbursement-changes-and-drug-switching-are-severe-patients-more-affected
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Shou-Hsia Cheng, Chi-Chen Chen, Hung-Chih Kuo, Chi-Chuan Wang
Objectives To examine the long-term effects of drug reimbursement adjustments on drug-switching decisions and to investigate whether patients with complicated or severe conditions are more affected. Methods A population-based, longitudinal study with a before-and-after design. Analysis of 141,703 patients with type 2 diabetes covered by the universal health insurance program in Taiwan. Observation of five 6-month phases before and after a drug reimbursement adjustment implemented in October 2009. Drug switching was defined as a brand change within the same anatomical therapeutic chemical group between two consecutive physician visits...
April 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427526/potential-application-and-prevalence-of-the-cd30-ki-1-antigen-among-solid-tumors-a-focus-review-of-the-literature
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Garrett K Berger, Kevin Gee, Cassandra Votruba, Ali McBride, Faiz Anwer
BACKGROUND: CD30 (Ki-1) is a cell membrane protein derived from the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor family. The CD30 antigen has been associated primarily with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (sALCL). Brentuximab vedotin (BV) is an antibody-drug conjugate targeting the CD30 antigen. FDA approval for BV includes relapsed and refractory HL and sALCL. The CD30 antigen also has been identified in many solid tumors, predominantly of germ cell origins and early clinical data is promising...
May 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426903/the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-botulinum-toxin-in-treating-scleroderma-associated-raynaud-s-phenomenon-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial-assessing
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Ricardo J Bello, Carisa M Cooney, Eitan Melamed, Keith Follmar, Gayane Yenokyan, Gwendolyn Leatherman, Ami A Shah, Fredrick M Wigley, Laura K Hummers, Scott D Lifchez
Objective To assess the therapeutic efficacy of local injections with Botulinum Toxin Type-A (Btx-A) in improving blood flow to the hands of patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon (RP) secondary to scleroderma. Methods In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial (http://ClinicalTrials.gov #NCT02165111), patients with scleroderma-associated RP received Btx-A (50 units in 2.5 mL) in one randomly selected hand and sterile saline (2.5 mL) in the opposite hand. Follow-up at 1 and 4 months post-injection included Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) of hands, patient-reported outcomes, and physical exam...
April 20, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426896/a-note-on-marginalization-of-regression-parameters-from-mixed-models-of-binary-outcomes
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Donald Hedeker, Stephen H C du Toit, Hakan Demirtas, Robert D Gibbons
This article discusses marginalization of the regression parameters in mixed models for correlated binary outcomes. As is well known, the regression parameters in such models have the "subject-specific" (SS) or conditional interpretation, in contrast to the "population-averaged" (PA) or marginal estimates that represent the unconditional covariate effects. We describe an approach using numerical quadrature to obtain PA estimates from their SS counterparts in models with multiple random effects. Standard errors for the PA estimates are derived using the delta method...
April 20, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426845/her2-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-virus-specific-t-cells-for-progressive-glioblastoma-a-phase-1-dose-escalation-trial
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Nabil Ahmed, Vita Brawley, Meenakshi Hegde, Kevin Bielamowicz, Mamta Kalra, Daniel Landi, Catherine Robertson, Tara L Gray, Oumar Diouf, Amanda Wakefield, Alexia Ghazi, Claudia Gerken, Zhongzhen Yi, Aidin Ashoori, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Cliona Rooney, Gianpietro Dotti, Adrian Gee, Jack Su, Yvonne Kew, David Baskin, Yi Jonathan Zhang, Pamela New, Bambi Grilley, Milica Stojakovic, John Hicks, Suzanne Z Powell, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Robert Grossman, Winfried S Wels, Stephen Gottschalk
Importance: Glioblastoma is an incurable tumor, and the therapeutic options for patients are limited. Objective: To determine whether the systemic administration of HER2-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified virus-specific T cells (VSTs) is safe and whether these cells have antiglioblastoma activity. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this open-label phase 1 dose-escalation study conducted at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children's Hospital, patients with progressive HER2-positive glioblastoma were enrolled between July 25, 2011, and April 21, 2014...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426647/association-of-prenatal-urinary-phthalate-metabolite-concentrations-and-childhood-bmi-and-obesity
#9
Kim G Harley, Kimberly Berger, Stephen Rauch, Katherine Kogut, Birgit Claus Henn, Antonia M Calafat, Karen Huen, Brenda Eskenazi, Nina Holland
BACKGROUND: Although experiments in animals suggest phthalates may have obesogenic effects, studies of prenatal exposure in children show inconsistent results. METHODS: We measured urinary concentrations of 11 phthalate metabolites collected twice during pregnancy from mothers in the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) cohort study (N=345). Height, weight, waist circumference, and percent body fat were assessed in their children between 5 and 12 years of age...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426561/unfractionated-heparin-versus-low-molecular-weight-heparin-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-in-trauma
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Benjamin N Jacobs, Anne H Cain-Nielsen, Jill L Jakubus, Judy N Mikhail, John J Fath, Scott E Regenbogen, Mark R Hemmila
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in trauma patients. Pharmacologic prophylaxis is utilized in trauma patients to reduce their risk of a VTE event. The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma guidelines recommend use of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) as the preferred agent in these patients. However, there is literature suggesting that unfractionated heparin (UFH) is an acceptable, and less costly, alternative VTE prophylaxis agent with equivalent efficacy in trauma patients...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426472/imaging-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease-trends-in-abdominal-ct-mri-utilization-and-radiation-exposure-considerations-over-a-10-year-period
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Hamed Kordbacheh, Vinit Baliyan, Jessica Serrao, Michael S Gee, Vijay Yajnik, Dushyant V Sahani, Avinash R Kambadakone
PURPOSE: To study the trends in utilization of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with Crohn's disease and to evaluate changes in CT radiation exposure over a 10-year period. METHODS: In this institutional review board-approved single-institution retrospective study, we included patients who underwent CT and MRIs for evaluation of Crohn's disease between 2006 and 2015. A total of 3196 CTs and 1924 MR scans were performed in 2156 patients (mean age: 34...
April 19, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426440/the-impact-of-couple-hiv-testing-and-counseling-on-consistent-condom-use-among-pregnant-women-and-their-male-partners-an-observational-study
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Nora E Rosenberg, Lauren A Graybill, Austin Wesevich, Nuala McGrath, Carol E Golin, Suzanne Maman, Nivedita Bhushan, Mercy Tsidya, Limbikani Chimndozi, Irving F Hoffman, Mina C Hosseinipour, William C Miller
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa couple HIV testing and counseling (CHTC) has been associated with substantial increases in safe sex, especially when at least one partner is HIV-infected. However, this relationship has not been characterized in an Option B+ context. SETTING: The study was conducted at the antenatal clinic at Bwaila District Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi in 2016 under an Option B+ program. METHODS: Ninety heterosexual couples with an HIV-infected pregnant woman (female-positive couples) and 47 couples with an HIV-uninfected pregnant woman (female-negative couples) were enrolled in an observational study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425310/comments-on-prediction-of-the-aqueous-solubility-using-the-general-solubility-equation-gse-versus-genetic-algorithm-and-support-vector-machine-model
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Doaa Alantary, Samuel Yalkowsky
The General Solubility Equation (GSE) is the state of the art method for estimating the aqueous solubilities of organic compounds. It is an extremely simple equation that expresses aqueous solubility as a function of only two inputs: the octanol-water partition coefficient calculated by readily available softwares like clogp and acdlogp, and the commonly known melting point of the solute. Recently, Bahadori, et al. (2016) proposed that their genetic algorithm support vector machine is a "better" predictor...
April 20, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423065/association-of-body-mass-index-with-clinical-outcomes-for-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-adult-patients-following-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
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Eunmi Gil, Soo Jin Na, Jeong-Am Ryu, Dae-Sang Lee, Chi Ryang Chung, Yang Hyun Cho, Kyeongman Jeon, Kiick Sung, Gee Young Suh, Jeong Hoon Yang
BACKGROUND: Obesity might be associated with disturbance of cannulation in situation of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). However, limited data are available on obesity in the setting of ECPR. Therefore, we investigated the association between body mass index (BMI) and clinical outcome in patients underwent ECPR. METHODS: From January 2004 to December 2013, in-hospital cardiac arrest patients who had ECPR were enrolled from a single-center registry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419627/instantaneous-conversion-of-11c-co2-to-11c-co-via-fluoride-activated-disilane-species
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Carlotta Taddei, Salvatore Bongarzone, Antony Gee
The development of a fast and novel methodology to generate carbon-11 carbon monoxide ([11C]CO) from cyclotron-produced carbon-11 carbon dioxide ([11C]CO2) mediated by fluoride-activated disilane species is described. This methodology allows up to 74% conversion of [11C]CO2 to [11C]CO using commercially available reagents, readily available labware and mild reaction conditions (room temperature). As proof of utility, radiochemically pure [carbonyl-11C]N-benzylbenzamide was successfully synthesized from produced [11C]CO in up to 74% radiochemical yield (RCY) and > 99% radiochemical purity (RCP) in ≤ 10 min from end of [11C]CO2 delivery...
April 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418300/population-responses-during-the-pandemic-phase-of-the-influenza-a-h1n1-pdm09-epidemic-hong-kong-china
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Nelson C Y Yeung, Joseph T F Lau, Kai Chow Choi, Sian Griffiths
During August 2009-July 2010, we conducted 7 longitudinal telephone surveys among 503 adults in Hong Kong, China, to explore changes in their behavioral and psychological responses to the influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus epidemic. Trends were examined using generalized estimating equations models. Findings showed that responses varied with the course of the pandemic.
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416016/variation-in-rates-of-icu-readmissions-and-post-icu-in-hospital-mortality-and-their-association-with-icu-discharge-practices
#17
Nelleke van Sluisveld, Ferishta Bakhshi-Raiez, Nicolette de Keizer, Rebecca Holman, Gert Wester, Hub Wollersheim, Johannes G van der Hoeven, Marieke Zegers
BACKGROUND: Variation in intensive care unit (ICU) readmissions and in-hospital mortality after ICU discharge may indicate potential for improvement and could be explained by ICU discharge practices. Our objective was threefold: (1) describe variation in rates of ICU readmissions within 48 h and post-ICU in-hospital mortality, (2) describe ICU discharge practices in Dutch hospitals, and (3) study the association between rates of ICU readmissions within 48 h and post-ICU in-hospital mortality and ICU discharge practices...
April 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415973/effect-of-the-prepare-intervention-on-sexual-initiation-and-condom-use-among-adolescents-aged-12-14-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-in-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
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Elia John Mmbaga, Lusajo Kajula, Leif Edvard Aarø, Mrema Kilonzo, Annegreet Gera Wubs, Sander Matthijs Eggers, Hein de Vries, Sylvia Kaaya
BACKGROUND: Unsafe sexual practices continue to put adolescents at risk for a number of negative health outcomes in Tanzania. While there are some effective theory-based intervention packages with positive impact on important mediators of sexual behaviours, a context specific and tested intervention is urgently needed in Tanzania. PURPOSE: To develop and evaluate an intervention that will have a significant effect in reducing sexual initiation and promoting condom use among adolescents aged 12-14 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...
April 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415786/arterial-stiffness-and-blood-pressure-improvement-in-aldosterone-producing-adenoma-harboring-kcnj5-mutations-after-adrenalectomy
#19
Chia-Hui Chang, Ya-Hui Hu, Yao-Chou Tsai, Che-Hsiung Wu, Shuo-Meng Wang, Lian-Yu Lin, Yen-Hung Lin, Fumitoshi Satoh, Kwan-Dun Wu, Vin-Cent Wu
The aim of this study was to show the effect of KCNJ5 mutational status on arterial stiffness in aldosterone-producing adenomas after adrenalectomy. Between February 2008 and January 2010, we prospectively enrolled 108 aldosterone-producing adenoma patients undergoing adrenalectomy. We conducted repeated measurements of pulse wave velocity at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months after adrenalectomy, grouped by KCNJ5 mutational status. Prognostic factors of arterial stiffness and risk for hypertension at 12 months after adrenalectomy were analyzed after propensity score matching in a 1:1 ratio...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414755/childhood-socioeconomic-status-and-childhood-maltreatment-distinct-associations-with-brain-structure
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Gwendolyn M Lawson, Joshua S Camins, Laura Wisse, Jue Wu, Jeffrey T Duda, Philip A Cook, James C Gee, Martha J Farah
The present study examined the relationship between childhood socioeconomic status (SES), childhood maltreatment, and the volumes of the hippocampus and amygdala between the ages of 25 and 36 years. Previous work has linked both low SES and maltreatment with reduced hippocampal volume in childhood, an effect attributed to childhood stress. In 46 adult subjects, only childhood maltreatment, and not childhood SES, predicted hippocampal volume in regression analyses, with greater maltreatment associated with lower volume...
2017: PloS One
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