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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346833/phase-1b-trial-of-ficlatuzumab-a-humanized-hepatocyte-growth-factor-inhibitory-monoclonal-antibody-in-combination-with-gefitinib-in-asian-patients-with-nsclc
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Eng-Huat Tan, Wan-Teck Lim, Myung-Ju Ahn, Quan-Sing Ng, Jin Seok Ahn, Daniel Shao-Weng Tan, Jong-Mu Sun, May Han, Francis C Payumo, Krista McKee, Wei Yin, Marc Credi, Shefali Agarwal, Jaroslaw Jac, Keunchil Park
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met pathway dysregulation is a mechanism for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Ficlatuzumab (AV-299; SCH 900105), a humanized IgG1 κ HGF inhibitory monoclonal antibody, prevents HGF/c-Met pathway ligand-mediated activation. This phase 1b study assessed the safety/tolerability, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and antitumor activity of ficlatuzumab plus gefitinib in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346792/pancreaticoduodenectomy-and-outcomes-for-groove-pancreatitis
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Fabiola Aguilera, Levan Tsamalaidze, Massimo Raimondo, Ruchir Puri, Horacio J Asbun, John A Stauffer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The operative management of groove pancreatitis (GP) is still a matter of controversy and pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) can be a high-risk procedure for patients. The aim of this study was to report our 9-year experience of surgical resection for GP and to review relevant literature. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients undergoing pancreatectomy for GP from August 1, 2008, through May 31, 2017 was performed. Patients with clinical, radiologic, and final pathologic confirmation of GP were included...
January 18, 2018: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346709/rating-the-quality-of-a-body-of-evidence-on-the-effectiveness-of-health-and-social-interventions-a-systematic-review-and-mapping-of-evidence-domains
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Ani Movsisyan, Jane Dennis, Eva Rehfuess, Sean Grant, Paul Montgomery
INTRODUCTION: Rating the quality of a body of evidence is an increasingly common component of research syntheses on intervention effectiveness. This study sought to identify and examine existing systems for rating the quality of a body of evidence on the effectiveness of health and social interventions. METHODS: We used a multi-component search strategy to search for full-length reports of systems for rating the quality of a body of evidence on the effectiveness of health and social interventions published in English from 1995 onward...
January 18, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346655/does-the-additional-component-of-calf-circumference-refine-metabolic-syndrome-in-correlating-with-cardiovascular-risk
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Chen-Jung Wu, Tung-Wei Kao, Yaw-Wen Chang, Tao-Chun Peng, Li-Wei Wu, Hui-Fang Yang, Wei-Liang Chen
Context: Calf circumference (CC) was a useful anthropometric tool, but there was limited study on the effect of CC on metabolic syndrome (MetS) for cardiovascular risk. Objective: The objective of our study was to determine whether additional component of CC refined MetS in correlating with cardiovascular, all-cause and cancer mortality. Design, Setting, Patients, and Interventions: From the 1999-2002 NHANES dataset, we analyzed four types of MetS: WaistMetS (increased waist circumference and ≥ two of four MetS components), CalfMetS (decreased CC and ≥ two of four MetS components), WCRMetS (increased waist-to-calf ratio and ≥ two of four MetS components), and CC plus MetS (decreased CC and ≥ three of five MetS components)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346638/standardized-languages-and-notations-for-graphical-modelling-of-patient-care-processes-a-systematic-review
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Pierpaolo Mincarone, Carlo Giacomo Leo, Maria Del Mar Trujillo-Martín, Jan Manson, Roberto Guarino, Giuseppe Ponzini, Saverio Sabina
Purpose: The importance of working toward quality improvement in healthcare implies an increasing interest in analysing, understanding and optimizing process logic and sequences of activities embedded in healthcare processes. Their graphical representation promotes faster learning, higher retention and better compliance. The study identifies standardized graphical languages and notations applied to patient care processes and investigates their usefulness in the healthcare setting. Data sources: Peer-reviewed literature up to 19 May 2016...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346609/decreased-serum-levels-of-ghrelin-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-premenopausal-women-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Masoumeh Jabbari, Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
Objective: We aimed to investigate the association between serum levels of ghrelin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with MetS and its components in premenopausal women. Methods: 43 patients with MetS and 43 healthy controls participated in this study. Participants' body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) were measured. Serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C and HDL-C), fasting blood sugar (FBS), insulin, BDNF and ghrelin determined...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346604/unique-genetic-profiles-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-cell-free-dna-in-leptomeningeal-metastases-of-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-new-medium-of-liquid-biopsy
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Y S Li, B Y Jiang, J J Yang, X C Zhang, Z Zhang, J Y Ye, W Z Zhong, H Y Tu, H J Chen, Z Wang, C R Xu, B C Wang, H J Du, S Chuai, H Han-Zhang, J Su, Q Zhou, X N Yang, W B Guo, H H Yan, Y H Liu, L X Yan, B Huang, M M Zheng, Y L Wu
Background: Leptomeningeal metastases (LM) are more frequent in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. Due to limited access to leptomeningeal lesions, the purpose of this study was to explore the potential role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) as a source of liquid biopsy in patients with LM. Patients and methods: Primary tumor, CSF, and plasma in NSCLC with LM were tested by next-generation sequencing. In total, 45 patients with suspected LM underwent lumbar puncture, and those with EGFR mutations diagnosed with LM were enrolled...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346529/echocardiographic-criteria-to-detect-unicuspid-aortic-valve-morphology
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Sebastian Ewen, Irem Karliova, Petra Weber, Stephan H Schirmer, Hashim Abdul-Khaliq, Jakob Schöpe, Felix Mahfoud, Hans-Joachim Schäfers
Aims: Unicuspid aortic valve (UAV) is a rare congenital malformation associated with severe aortic stenosis or regurgitation. This study aimed to systematically determine echocardiographic criteria to identify UAV. Methods and results: All patients underwent a preoperative baseline examination, including echocardiography. A total of 69 patients with intraoperatively confirmed UAV underwent an aortic valve repair procedure between August 2001 and May 2011. To compare the findings of UAV cases with those of other valve morphologies, we examined 99 consecutive patients with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and 103 consecutive patients with a tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) undergoing isolated aortic valve surgery before May 2016...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346512/validation-of-the-pids-idsa-severity-criteria-in-children-with-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Todd A Florin, Cole Brokamp, Rachel Mantyla, Bradley DePaoli, Richard Ruddy, Samir S Shah, Lilliam Ambroggio
Background: The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)/Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guideline for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) recommends intensive care unit (ICU) admission or continuous monitoring for children meeting severity criteria. Our objective was to validate these criteria. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of children age 3 months-18 years diagnosed with CAP in a pediatric Emergency Department (ED) from 9/2014-8/2015...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346359/a-systematic-review-of-leadership-training-for-medical-students
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Oscar Lyons, Bruce Su'a, Michelle Locke, Andrew Hill
BACKGROUND: Leadership is increasingly being recognised as an essential requirement for doctors. Many medical schools are in the process of developing formal leadership training programmes, but it remains to be elucidated what characteristics make such programmes effective, and to what extent current programmes are effective, beyond merely positive learner reactions. This review's objective was to investigate the effectiveness of undergraduate medical leadership curricula and to explore common features of effective curricula...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346240/response-of-inflammatory-cystoid-macular-edema-to-treatment-using-oral-acetazolamide
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Kathryn L Pepple, Macklin H Nguyen, Kaivon Pakzad-Vaezi, Kathleen Williamson, Naomi Odell, Cecilia Lee, Thellea K Leveque, Russell N Van Gelder
PURPOSE: To determine the treatment effect of oral acetazolamide on refractory inflammatory macular edema. METHODS: A retrospective review of identified patients with uveitic or pseudophakic macular edema treated using acetazolamide between 2007 and 2014. Visual acuity and central macular subfield thickness was determined at baseline and at first follow-up. Baseline optical coherence tomography features were analyzed as predictors of acetazolamide response. RESULTS: Sixteen patients (19 eyes) of 61 screened met all criteria...
January 16, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346226/preparing-physiotherapy-students-for-clinical-placement-student-perceptions-of-low-cost-peer-simulation-a-mixed-methods-study
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Narelle Dalwood, Stephen Maloney, Narelle Cox, Prue Morgan
INTRODUCTION: Simulation is increasingly used in health care education, yet the organizational and financial costs can be prohibitive. This study aimed to investigate whether peer simulation is perceived by third-year undergraduate physiotherapy students as valuable for clinical placement preparation. METHODS: Third-year undergraduate physiotherapy students participated in a 9-week peer simulation program, using each other as patients, and were invited to complete two surveys evaluating perceptions of the program...
January 17, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346210/significance-errors-power-and-sample-size-the-blocking-and-tackling-of-statistics
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Edward J Mascha, Thomas R Vetter
Inferential statistics relies heavily on the central limit theorem and the related law of large numbers. According to the central limit theorem, regardless of the distribution of the source population, a sample estimate of that population will have a normal distribution, but only if the sample is large enough. The related law of large numbers holds that the central limit theorem is valid as random samples become large enough, usually defined as an n ≥ 30. In research-related hypothesis testing, the term "statistically significant" is used to describe when an observed difference or association has met a certain threshold...
February 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346180/development-of-a-pd-l1-complementary-diagnostic-immunohistochemistry-assay-sp142-for-atezolizumab
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Bharathi Vennapusa, Brian Baker, Marcin Kowanetz, Jennifer Boone, Ina Menzl, Jean-Marie Bruey, Gregg Fine, Sanjeev Mariathasan, Ian McCaffery, Simonetta Mocci, Sandra Rost, Dustin Smith, Eslie Dennis, Szu-Yu Tang, Bita Damadzadeh, Espen Walker, Priti S Hegde, J Andrew Williams, Hartmut Koeppen, Zachary Boyd
Cancer immunotherapies, such as atezolizumab, are proving to be a valuable therapeutic strategy across indications, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and urothelial cancer (UC). Here, we describe a diagnostic assay that measures programmed-death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression, via immunohistochemistry, to identify patients who will derive the most benefit from treatment with atezolizumab, a humanized monoclonal anti-PD-L1 antibody. We describe the performance of the VENTANA PD-L1 (SP142) Assay in terms of specificity, sensitivity, and the ability to stain both tumor cells (TC) and tumor-infiltrating immune cells (IC), in NSCLC and UC tissues...
January 16, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346069/the-prevalence-and-influencing-factors-for-child-neglect-in-a-rural-area-of-anhui-province-a-2-year-follow-up-study
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F Zhao, L Bi, M-C Chen, Y-L Wu, Y-H Sun
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the current study was to identify the change of prevalence and influencing factors for child neglect in a rural area of Anhui province through the 2-year follow-up study. STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal study with 2-year follow-up. METHODS: Analyses were based on data from a longitudinal study, performed in five elementary schools and three secondary schools in Changfeng County. A total of 816 children aged between 7 and 16 years completed the three assessments during the period of 2009-2011...
January 12, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346033/the-psychology-of-elite-cycling-a-systematic-review
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David J Spindler, Mark S Allen, Stewart A Vella, Christian Swann
This systematic review sought to synthesise what is currently known about the psychology of elite cycling. Nine electronic databases were searched in March 2017 for studies reporting an empirical test of any psychological construct in an elite cycling sample. Fourteen studies (total n = 427) met inclusion criteria. Eight studies were coded as having high risk of bias. Themes extracted included mood, anxiety, self-confidence, pain, and cognitive function. Few studies had similar objectives meaning that in many instances findings could not be synthesised in a meaningful way...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345844/assessing-hepatitis-c-spontaneous-clearance-and-understanding-associated-factors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dewi Nur Aisyah, Laura Shallcross, Alice Jane Hully, Alastair O'Brien, Andrew Hayward
New advances in the treatment of hepatitis C provide high levels of sustained viral response but their expense limits availability in publicly funded health systems. The aim of this review is to estimate the proportion of patients who will spontaneously clear HCV and to identify factors that are associated with clearance, to support better targeting of directly acting antivirals. We searched Ovid Embase, Ovid Medline and Pubmed from 1st January 1994 to 30th June 2015 for studies reporting hepatitis C spontaneous clearance and/or demographic, clinical, and behavioural factors associated with clearance...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345798/clinical-impact-of-pharmacokinetic-interactions-between-the-hcv-protease-inhibitor-simeprevir-and-frequently-used-concomitant-medications
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Fiona Marra, Christoph Höner Zu Siederdissen, Saye Khoo, David Back, Michael Schlag, Sivi Ouwerkerk-Mahadevan, Ceyhun Bicer, Isabelle Lonjon-Domanec, Wolfgang Jessner, Maria Beumont-Mauviel, Ronald Kalmeijer, Markus Cornberg
AIMS: Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) can be associated with drug-drug interactions (DDIs) with concomitant medications. The practical clinical implications of such DDIs are poorly understood. We assessed the clinical impact of possible pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions between simeprevir and frequently prescribed concomitant medications. METHODS: This post-hoc analysis pooled data from 9 studies which evaluated simeprevir (SMV)-based interferon-free HCV treatment...
January 18, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345745/comparison-of-flow-cytometric-methods-for-the-enumeration-of-residual-leucocytes-in-leucoreduced-blood-products-a-multicenter-study
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Yang Zeng, Michelle Dabay, Virginia George, Shalini Seetharaman, Monika de Arruda Indig, Sharon Graminske, Nicole Kimpel, Anna Schmidt, Amanda Boerner, Sarai Paradiso, Tatyana Delman, Yunyao Li, Viktoriya Litvak, Farzad Oreizy, Angela Chen, Maryam Saleminik, Fred Mosqueda, Anna Lin, Kevin Judge
The BD FACSVia™ System features novel designs in hardware, software, and instrument QC. We compared the performance of the BD FACSVia System using the BD Leucocount™ kit with the BD FACSCalibur™ flow cytometer. Leucoreduced platelet (PLT, n = 252) and red blood cell (RBC, n = 278) specimens were enrolled at four sites. Each specimen was stained in four tubes using the BD Leucocount kit reagents and acquired on the two systems. BD Leucocount Control cells (high and low) were used to evaluate the inter-site reproducibility on the BD FACSVia System at three sites over 20 days...
January 18, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345702/assessing-the-consumption-of-berries-and-associated-factors-in-the-united-states-using-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-nhanes-2007-2012
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Britt M Burton-Freeman, Patricia M Guenther, Miyoung Oh, David Stuart, Helen H Jensen
Intake of berries was assessed relative to other fruit and fruit juices and total fruit intake in the U.S. population age 2 years and older using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2012. Average daily intake of total fruit was about 1 cup, and berries comprised approximately 10% of total fruit consumption. Only 18% of the population met the recommendation of at least 2 cups of fruit per day. Children ages 2 to 5 years consumed the most total fruit of which about half was juice and 4% of which was berries...
January 18, 2018: Food & Function
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