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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156808/serum-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-levels-predict-insignificant-fibrosis-and-non-cirrhosis-in-hepatitis-b-e-antigen-positive-patients-with-normal-or-mildly-elevated-alanine-transaminase-levels
#1
Qiang Li, Weixia Li, Chuan Lu, Yuxian Huang, Liang Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of serum hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) levels for liver fibrosis in hepatitis B e antigen-positive [HBeAg (+)] chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with alanine transaminase (ALT)≤twice upper limit of normal (ULN). METHODS: 505 patients who underwent liver biopsies and HBsAg quantitative detections were included. Liver histology was scored using METAVIR scoring system. The area under the receiver-operator curve (AUROC) was used to determine the diagnostic accuracy...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156761/extracts-from-hericium-erinaceus-relieve-inflammatory-bowel-disease-by-regulating-immunity-and-gut-microbiota
#2
Chen Diling, Yang Xin, Zheng Chaoqun, Yang Jian, Tang Xiaocui, Chen Jun, Shuai Ou, Xie Yizhen
Hericium erinaceus (HE), a traditional edible mushroom, is known as a medicine food homology to ameliorate gastrointestinal diseases. To investigate whether HE is clinically effective in alleviating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), HE extracts (polysaccharide, alcoholic extracts and whole extracts were prepared using solvent extraction methods) were administrated for 2 weeks in rats with IBD induced by trinitro-benzene-sulfonic acid (TNBS) enema (150 mg/kg). Significant clinical and histological changes in IBD rats were identified, including damage activity, common morphous and tissue damage index scores in colonic mucosa and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156198/the-evolving-role-of-genomic-testing-in-assessing-prognosis-of-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#3
REVIEW
David P Steensma
The introduction into routine hematology-oncology clinical practice of molecular genetic testing assays based on next-generation sequencing platforms is prompting reassessment of the importance of molecular assay results in comparison to existing disease-specific risk stratification tools based on clinical assessment and light microscopy. For patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), the most commonly used tools for prognostication currently include the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and the Revised IPSS (IPSS-R), which are based on marrow blast proportion, number and degree of cytopenias, and the metaphase karyotype...
December 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156008/urinalysis-for-the-diagnosis-of-glomerulonephritis-role-of-dysmorphic-red-blood-cells
#4
Abdurrahman M Hamadah, Kamel Gharaibeh, Kristin C Mara, Katherine A Thompson, John C Lieske, Samar Said, Samih H Nasr, Nelson Leung
Background: Dysmorphic red blood cells (dRBCs) on urine microscopy have been associated with glomerulonephritis (GN). We assessed the prevalence and ability of dRBCs to differentiate GN from other kidney diseases. Methods: Adult patients with kidney biopsy performed between 2012 and 2015 at a single center who had a concurrent urinalysis were retrospectively studied. The association of ≥25% dRBCs with the presence of glomerular pathology was assessed. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression were performed on significantly associated variables...
October 6, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155994/work-productivity-in-systemic-sclerosis-its-economic-burden-and-association-with-health-related-quality-of-life
#5
Kathleen Morrisroe, Vijaya Sudararajan, Wendy Stevens, Joanne Sahhar, Jane Zochling, Janet Roddy, Susanna Proudman, Mandana Nikpour
Objective: To evaluate work productivity and its economic burden in SSc patients. Methods: Consecutive SSc patients enrolled in the Australian Scleroderma Cohort Study were mailed questionnaires assessing employment (Workers' Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire and a custom-made questionnaire) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) (36-item Short Form Health Survey and Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System 29). Linear regression methods were used to determine factors associated with work productivity...
October 9, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155867/spectrum-of-pathogen-and-model-specific-histopathologies-in-mouse-models-of-acute-pneumonia
#6
Kristina Dietert, Birgitt Gutbier, Sandra M Wienhold, Katrin Reppe, Xiaohui Jiang, Ling Yao, Catherine Chaput, Jan Naujoks, Markus Brack, Alexandra Kupke, Christin Peteranderl, Stephan Becker, Carolin von Lachner, Nelli Baal, Hortense Slevogt, Andreas C Hocke, Martin Witzenrath, Bastian Opitz, Susanne Herold, Holger Hackstein, Leif E Sander, Norbert Suttorp, Achim D Gruber
Pneumonia may be caused by a wide range of pathogens and is considered the most common infectious cause of death in humans. Murine acute lung infection models mirror human pathologies in many aspects and contribute to our understanding of the disease and the development of novel treatment strategies. Despite progress in other fields of tissue imaging, histopathology remains the most conclusive and practical read out tool for the descriptive and semiquantitative evaluation of mouse pneumonia and therapeutic interventions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155751/dissection-and-immunofluorescent-staining-of-mushroom-body-and-photoreceptor-neurons-in-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-brains
#7
Seth M Kelly, Alexandra Elchert, Michael Kahl
Nervous system development involves a sequential series of events that are coordinated by several signaling pathways and regulatory networks. Many of the proteins involved in these pathways are evolutionarily conserved between mammals and other eukaryotes, such as the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, suggesting that similar organizing principles exist during the development of these organisms. Importantly, Drosophila has been used extensively to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating processes that are required in mammals including neurogenesis, differentiation, axonal guidance, and synaptogenesis...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155480/intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-for-elderly-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#8
Caineng Cao, Qiaoying Hu, Xiaozhong Chen
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes and patterns of failure after intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for elderly patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: Fifty-two patients treated with IMRT were eligible for study inclusion. Comorbidity was rated using the Adult Comorbidity Evaluation-27 (ACE-27) system. RESULTS: Twenty-six patients (50.0%) had an ACE-27 score of 1; and 6 (11.5%) had an ACE-27 score of 2...
November 20, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155453/large-scale-bleaching-of-corals-on-the-great-barrier-reef
#9
T P Hughes, J T Kerry, T Simpson
In 2015-2016, record temperatures triggered a pan-tropical episode of coral bleaching. In the southern hemisphere summer of March-April 2016, we used aerial surveys to measure the level of bleaching on 1,156 individual reefs throughout the 2,300 km length of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system. The accuracy of the aerial scores was ground-truthed with detailed underwater surveys of bleaching at 260 sites (104 reefs), allowing us to compare aerial and underwater bleaching data with satellite-derived temperatures and with associated model predictions of bleaching...
November 20, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155320/risk-assessment-in-adult-t-cell-leukemia-lymphoma-treated-with-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#10
Makoto Yoshimitsu, Ryuji Tanosaki, Koji Kato, Takashi Ishida, Ilseung Choi, Yoshifusa Takatsuka, Takahiro Fukuda, Tetsuya Eto, Michihiro Hidaka, Naoyuki Uchida, Toshihiro Miyamoto, Yasuhiro Nakashima, Yukiyoshi Moriuchi, Koji Nagafuji, Yasuhiko Miyazaki, Tatsuo Ichinohe, Minoko Takanashi, Yoshiko Atsuta, Atae Utsunomiya
Disease status at allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is an important pre-transplant prognostic factor of HCT in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL); however, other prognostic factors, including comorbidities, were not predictive in small cohort analyses. Several scoring systems (HCT-comorbidity index [CI]/modified European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation risk score [mEBMT]) have been adopted to predict HCT outcomes in other hematological malignancies. We retrospectively evaluated HCT-CI and mEBMT to predict non-relapse mortality (NRM) in 824 ATL patients registered in the Japan Society for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation TRUMP database, from 2008 until 2013...
November 16, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155290/factors-associated-with-attrition-in-a-multicenter-longitudinal-observational-study-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer
#11
Pedro E Perez-Cruz, Omar Shamieh, Carlos Eduardo Paiva, Jung Hye Kwon, Mary Ann Muckaden, Eduardo Bruera, David Hui
CONTEXT: Attrition is common in longitudinal observational studies in palliative care. Few studies have examined predictors of attrition. OBJECTIVES: To identify patient characteristics at enrollment associated with attrition in palliative oncology outpatient setting. METHODS: In this longitudinal observational study, advanced cancer patients [ACP] enrolled in an outpatient multicenter study were assessed at baseline and 2-5 weeks later. We compared baseline characteristics between patients who returned for follow-up and those who dropped out...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155020/the-uk-dcd-risk-score-a-new-proposal-to-define-futility-in-donation-after-circulatory-death-liver-transplantation
#12
Andrea Schlegel, Marit Kalisvaart, Irene Scalera, Richard W Laing, Hynek Mergental, Darius F Mirza, Thamara Perera, John Isaac, Philipp Dutkowski, Paolo Muiesan
OBJECTIVES: To design a new score on risk assessment in liver transplantation donated after circulatory death (DCD) based on donor and recipient parameters. BACKGROUND: Primary-non-function (PNF) and ischemic cholangiopathy (IC) are the most feared complications following DCD liver transplantation. METHODS: Using the United Kingdom (UK) national DCD database, a risk analysis was performed in adult recipients of DCD liver grafts in UK between 2000 and 2015 (n=1153)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154726/comparison-of-apolipoprotein-apob-apoa-1-and-lipoprotein-total-cholesterol-hdl-ratios-in-obese-adolescents
#13
Ramin Alemzadeh, Jessica Kichler
BACKGROUND: Serum (ApoB/ApoA-1) ratio is considered a stronger predictor of systemic inflammation and atherosclerosis than serum total cholesterol/HDL (TC/HDL) ratio among adults. We evaluated the relationships between ApoB/ApoA-1 and TC/HDL ratios with surrogate markers of inflammation and insulin resistance (IR) among obese adolescents. METHODS: Body mass index z-score (BMI-z), body composition, fasting glucose, insulin, lipids, high-sensitive c-reactive protein (hs-CRP), hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), and homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) were evaluated in 143 obese adolescents...
November 20, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154529/consumer-perception-of-the-food-and-drug-administration-s-newest-recommended-food-facility-inspection-format-words-matter
#14
Jooho Kim, Jing Ma, Barbara Almanza
The Food and Drug Administration recommended restaurant inspection scores change to a format that incorporated three new categories of violations: priority, priority foundation, and core. It was uncertain whether interested consumers would value the more in-depth information or become more confused. The purpose of this study was to assess consumer perception of the recommended inspection system. Data were collected from an online survey. Results showed that consumers want convenient access to the information either online or on the wall of restaurants, and some consumers do want to read inspection reports and use them in making dining decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154148/the-relationship-between-executive-functions-and-emotion-regulation-in-females-attending-therapeutic-community-treatment-for-substance-use-disorder
#15
Ely M Marceau, Peter J Kelly, Nadia Solowij
BACKGROUND: Difficulties in emotion regulation influence the development of substance use disorder (SUD), its severity, course, treatment outcomes, and relapse. Impaired executive functions (EFs) are common in SUD populations and may relate to emotion dysregulation. The current study tested whether performance on three basic EF tasks ('working memory', 'inhibition', and 'task-switching') and/or inventory-based assessment of EF were related to difficulties in emotion regulation in females attending residential SUD therapeutic community treatment...
November 12, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153963/shear-wave-elastography-swe-for-monitoring-of-treatment-of-tendinopathies-a-double-blinded-longitudinal-clinical-study
#16
Timm Dirrichs, Valentin Quack, Matthias Gatz, Markus Tingart, Björn Rath, Marcel Betsch, Christiane K Kuhl, Simone Schrading
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the diagnostic accuracy with which shear wave elastography (SWE) can be used to monitor response to treatment of tendinopathies, and to compare it to conventional ultrasound (US)-imaging methods (B-mode US (B-US) and power Doppler US (PD-US)). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective Institutional Review Board-approved longitudinal study on 35 patients with 47 symptomatic tendons (17 Achilles-, 15 patellar-, and 15 humeral-epicondylar) who underwent standardized multimodal US and standardized clinical assessment before and after 6 months of treatment (tailored stretching exercise, sport break, and local Polidocanol) was carried out...
November 16, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153898/the-significance-of-the-pd-l1-expression-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-trenchant-double-swords-as-predictive-and-prognostic-markers
#17
REVIEW
Kazuki Takada, Gouji Toyokawa, Fumihiro Shoji, Tatsuro Okamoto, Yoshihiko Maehara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer worldwide. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy have been the standard treatment for lung cancer, and targeted molecular therapy has greatly improved the clinical course of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring driver mutations, such as in epidermal growth factor receptor and anaplastic lymphoma kinase genes. Despite advances in such therapies, the prognosis of patients with NSCLC without driver oncogene mutations remains poor. Immunotherapy targeting programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) has recently been shown to improve the survival in advanced NSCLC...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153637/quality-of-life-and-functional-capacity-outcomes-in-the-momentum-3-trial-at-6-months-a-call-for-new-metrics-for-left-ventricular-assist-device-patients
#18
Jennifer A Cowger, Yoshifumi Naka, Keith D Aaronson, Douglas Horstmanshof, Sanjeev Gulati, Debbie Rinde-Hoffman, Sean Pinney, Sirtaz Adatya, David J Farrar, Ulrich P Jorde
BACKGROUND: The Multicenter Study of MAGLEV Technology in Patients Undergoing Mechanical Circulatory Support Therapy with HeartMate 3 (MOMENTUM 3) clinical trial demonstrated improved 6-month event-free survival, but a detailed analysis of health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) and functional capacity (FC) was not presented. Further, the effect of early serious adverse events (SAEs) on these metrics and on the general ability to live well while supported with a left ventricular assist system (LVAS) warrants evaluation...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153531/short-communication-detection-of-lameness-in-dairy-cows-using-a-grooming-device
#19
R Mandel, H Harazy, L Gygax, C J Nicol, A Ben-David, H R Whay, E Klement
Lameness in dairy cattle is a common welfare problem with significant economic implications. All too often, appropriate treatment is delayed or neglected due to insufficient detection of lame cows. Brush usage is considered a low-resilience activity; that is, one that typically decreases when energy resources are limited or when the cost involved in the activity increases, such as during sickness and stress. The aim of this study was to determine the association between brush usage and different degrees of lameness...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153529/evaluation-of-carinata-meal-as-a-feedstuff-for-growing-dairy-heifers-effects-on-growth-performance-rumen-fermentation-and-total-tract-digestibility-of-nutrients
#20
K Rodriguez-Hernandez, J L Anderson
Our objective was to determine the effects of feeding carinata meal (CRM) compared with distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) on growth performance, rumen fermentation, and nutrient utilization in peripubertal dairy heifers. A 16-wk randomized block design experiment with 24 Holstein heifers [6.6 ± 0.7 mo and 218 ± 27 kg of body weight (BW)] was conducted. Treatments diets were (1) 10% cold-pressed CRM and (2) 10% DDGS on a dry matter (DM) basis. The remainder of the diets consisted of grass hay, ground corn, soybean meal, and mineral mix...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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