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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743171/a-quantified-risk-scoring-system-and-rating-model-for-postsurgical-gastroparesis-syndrome-in-gastric-cancer-patients
#1
Xiao-Dong Chen, Chen-Chen Mao, Wei-Teng Zhang, Ji Lin, Rui-Sen Wu, Feng-Min Zhang, Xiang-Wei Sun, Chu-Huai Chi, Xian Shen, Peng-Fei Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to investigate the relationship between obesity and postsurgical gastroparesis syndrome (PGS), and to construct a scoring system and a risk model to identify patients at high risk. METHODS: A total of 634 patients were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical characteristics were evaluated via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Logistic analysis was performed to determine the independent predictive indicators of PGS...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743163/alk-and-ros1-testing-on-lung-cancer-cytologic-samples-perspectives
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REVIEW
Pasquale Pisapia, Maria D Lozano, Elena Vigliar, Claudio Bellevicine, Francesco Pepe, Umberto Malapelle, Giancarlo Troncone
Cytologic sampling is the mainstay of diagnosing advanced lung cancer. Moreover, to select patients for personalized first-line or second-line treatment, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) and c-ros oncogene 1 (ROS1) rearrangements are tested on cytologic preparations. Commercially available fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and immunocytochemistry (ICC) assays have primarily been used for the identification of cells harboring ALK or ROS1 gene fusions on histologic rather than cytologic preparations...
July 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743027/impact-of-heat-stress-on-estrus-expression-and-follicle-size-in-estrus-under-field-conditions-in-dairy-cows
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L K Schüller, I Michaelis, W Heuwieser
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of heat stress on the expression of estrus signs and follicular diameter at the day of estrus in dairy cows under farm conditions. Cows reported in estrus (i.e., by an automated activity monitoring system or by the herd manager) were examined by a veterinarian. Uterine contractility and the largest diameter of all ovarian structures was determined by transrectal palpation and ultrasonography, respectively. The amount of estrus discharge, mounting traces and the color of the vaginal mucosa were determined in an external examination and scored on 3-point scales...
July 10, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742859/whole-blood-microrna-expression-may-not-be-useful-for-screening-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Santosh K Patnaik, Eric D Kannisto, Reema Mallick, Anil Vachani, Sai Yendamuri
At least seven studies have suggested that microRNA levels in whole blood can be diagnostic for lung cancer. We conducted a large bi-institutional study to validate this. Qiagen® PAXgene™ Blood miRNA System was used to collect blood and extract RNA from it for 85 pathologic stage I-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cases and 76 clinically-relevant controls who had a benign pulmonary mass, or a high risk of developing lung cancer because of a history of cigarette smoking or age >60 years. Cases and controls were similar for age, gender, race, and blood hemoglobin and leukocyte but not platelet levels (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742853/leadership-and-management-training-as-a-catalyst-to-health-system-strengthening-in-low-income-settings-evidence-from-implementation-of-the-zambia-management-and-leadership-course-for-district-health-managers-in-zambia
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Wilbroad Mutale, Anne-Thora Vardoy-Mutale, Arthur Kachemba, Roman Mukendi, Kupela Clarke, Dennis Mulenga
BACKGROUND: Research has shown that the modes of leadership and management may influence health outcomes. However, majority of health leaders and managers in many low-income countries are promoted on account of clinical expertise. It has been recognised that these new managers are often ill-prepared for managing complex health systems. In response to this challenge, the Zambian Ministry of Health (MoH) has developed the Governance and Management Capacity Building (GMCB) Strategic Plan (2012-2016), whose overarching goal is to improve health sector governance and create an environment that is result-oriented, accountable and transparent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742851/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-for-cervical-cancer-prevention-and-control-among-women-of-childbearing-age-in-hossana-town-hadiya-zone-southern-ethiopia-community-based-cross-sectional-study
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Yitagesu Habtu Aweke, Samuel Yohannes Ayanto, Tariku Laelago Ersado
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer which Ethiopia put a strategic goal to reduce its incidence and mortality by 2020. Lack of knowledge and poor attitude towards the disease and risk factors can affect screening practice and development of preventive behavior for cervical cancer. The aim of this study was to assess knowledge, attitude, practices and factors for each domain for cervical cancer among women of child bearing age in Hossana town, Southern, Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742815/il33-mediated-ilc2-activation-and-neutrophil-il5-production-in-the-lung-response-after-severe-trauma-a-reverse-translation-study-from-a-human-cohort-to-a-mouse-trauma-model
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Jing Xu, Jesse Guardado, Rosemary Hoffman, Hui Xu, Rami Namas, Yoram Vodovotz, Li Xu, Mostafa Ramadan, Joshua Brown, Heth R Turnquist, Timothy R Billiar
BACKGROUND: The immunosuppression and immune dysregulation that follows severe injury includes type 2 immune responses manifested by elevations in interleukin (IL) 4, IL5, and IL13 early after injury. We hypothesized that IL33, an alarmin released early after tissue injury and a known regulator of type 2 immunity, contributes to the early type 2 immune responses after systemic injury. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Blunt trauma patients admitted to the trauma intensive care unit of a level I trauma center were enrolled in an observational study that included frequent blood sampling...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742779/a-novel-method-of-evaluating-key-factors-for-success-in-a-multifaceted-critical-care-fellowship-using-data-envelopment-analysis
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Vikram Tiwari, Avinash B Kumar
BACKGROUND: The current system of summative multi-rater evaluations and standardized tests to determine readiness to graduate from critical care fellowships has limitations. We sought to pilot the use of data envelopment analysis (DEA) to assess what aspects of the fellowship program contribute the most to an individual fellow's success. DEA is a nonparametric, operations research technique that uses linear programming to determine the technical efficiency of an entity based on its relative usage of resources in producing the outcome...
July 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742680/individualized-metabolic-surgery-score-procedure-selection-based-on-diabetes-severity
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Ali Aminian, Stacy A Brethauer, Amin Andalib, Amy S Nowacki, Amanda Jimenez, Ricard Corcelles, Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, Suriya Punchai, Deepak L Bhatt, Sangeeta R Kashyap, Bartolome Burguera, Antonio M Lacy, Josep Vidal, Philip R Schauer
OBJECTIVE: To construct and validate a scoring system for evidence-based selection of bariatric and metabolic surgery procedures according to severity of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). BACKGROUND: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and sleeve gastrectomy (SG) account for >95% of bariatric procedures in United States in patients with T2DM. To date, there is no validated model to guide procedure selection based on long-term glucose control in patients with T2DM. METHODS: A total of 659 patients with T2DM who underwent RYGB and SG at an academic center in the United States and had a minimum 5-year follow-up (2005-2011) were analyzed to generate the model...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742610/near-point-of-convergence-and-gait-deficits-in-adolescents-after-sport-related-concussion
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David R Howell, Michael J OʼBrien, Aparna Raghuram, Ankoor S Shah, William P Meehan
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively examine gait characteristics of participants acutely after concussion with and without receded near point of convergence (NPC), compared with healthy controls. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Sports-medicine clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Patients examined after concussion (n = 33; mean ± SD = 7.2 ± 3.1 days) and a group of uninjured athletes (n = 31) completed a Postconcussion Symptom Scale, underwent NPC testing, and single/dual-task gait assessments...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742602/is-there-a-relationship-between-the-functional-movement-screen-star-excursion-balance-test-and-balance-error-scoring-system
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Nicole D Harshbarger, Barton E Anderson, Kenneth C Lam
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate associations between the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), and Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) scores. DESIGN: Correlational. SETTING: College athletic training facilities. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-two intercollegiate athletes (men = 36 and women = 16) representing 8 sports and cleared for unrestricted sport participation. INTERVENTIONS: Participants completed the FMS, SEBT, and BESS, in random order, during 1 testing session...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742545/reductions-in-readmission-rates-are-associated-with-modest-improvements-in-patient-reported-health-gains-following-hip-and-knee-replacement-in-england
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Rocco Friebel, Kumar Dharmarajan, Harlan M Krumholz, Adam Steventon
BACKGROUND: Although many hospital readmission reduction initiatives have been introduced globally, health care systems ultimately aim to improve patients' health and well-being. We examined whether the hospitals that report greater success in reducing readmissions also see greater improvements in patient-reported outcomes. RESEARCH DESIGN: We examined hospital groups (Trusts) that provided hip replacement or knee replacement surgery in England between April 2010 and February 2013...
July 24, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742420/orthodontics-with-customized-versus-noncustomized-appliances-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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E W Penning, R H J Peerlings, J D M Govers, R J Rischen, K Zinad, E M Bronkhorst, K H Breuning, A M Kuijpers-Jagtman
This randomized controlled trial aimed to evaluate the duration and outcome quality of orthodontic treatment with a customized fixed appliance system versus a noncustomized system. Patients ( n = 180) were randomized and received orthodontic treatment with the Insignia customized orthodontic system or the Damon Q noncustomized orthodontic system. The allocation sequence was concealed using identical, sequentially numbered, opaque, sealed envelopes. Patients with nonextraction treatment plans were treated by 2 equally experienced orthodontists...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742240/role-of-tissue-eosinophils-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-associated-olfactory-loss
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Leah J Hauser, Rakesh K Chandra, Ping Li, Justin H Turner
BACKGROUND: Olfactory dysfunction is 1 of the hallmark symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Eosinophilic inflammation has been implicated as a potential causative factor. However, prior studies have been limited by retrospective study designs, concomitant use of systemic corticosteroids, and other confounding factors. METHODS: CRS and healthy non-CRS control subjects undergoing endoscopic sinus or skull-base surgery were prospectively enrolled and completed olfactory testing utilizing the 40-item Smell Identification Test (SIT) immediately prior to surgery...
July 25, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742219/model-free-scoring-system-for-risk-prediction-with-application-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma-study
#15
Weining Shen, Jing Ning, Ying Yuan, Anna S Lok, Ziding Feng
There is an increasing need to construct a risk-prediction scoring system for survival data and identify important risk factors (e.g., biomarkers) for patient screening and treatment recommendation. However, most existing methodologies either rely on strong model assumptions (e.g., proportional hazards) or only handle binary outcomes. In this article, we propose a flexible method that simultaneously selects important risk factors and identifies the optimal linear combination of risk factors by maximizing a pseudo-likelihood function based on the time-dependent area under the receiver operating characteristic curve...
July 25, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741986/serum-ferritin-as-an-activity-marker-for-granulamotosis-with-polyangiitis
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Hamit Kucuk, Ozkan Varan, Berna Goker, Berivan Bitik, Mehmet Akif Ozturk, Seminur Haznedaroglu, Abdurrahman Tufan
BACKGROUND: Serum ferritin correlates well with the activities of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and dermatomyositis, but it has not been previously studied in patients with vasculitis. METHODS: Medical records of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, Wegener's granulomatosis) patients with at least six months of regular follow-up were evaluated. The activity of GPA was assessed with Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score for Wegener's Granulomatosis (BVAS/WG)...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741976/fampridine-response-in-ms-patients-with-gait-impairment-in-a-real-world-setting-need-for-new-response-criteria
#17
Francisco Alejandro Rodriguez-Leal, Rocco Haase, Katja Thomas, Judith Christina Eisele, Undine Proschmann, Thorsten Schultheiss, Raimar Kern, Tjalf Ziemssen
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this real-world study was to describe the response to fampridine and changes of gait parameters in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients' walking disability (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS): 4-7) after treatment with fampridine for 2 weeks as recommended by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and compare it with the overall physician's judgement. METHODS: A total of 211 adult MS patients were analyzed using a multimodal gait assessment including the timed 25-foot walk test (T25FW), 2-minute walking test (2-MWT), 12-item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale (MSWS-12), the GAITRite electronic walkway system, and the patients' clinical global impression (CGI)...
July 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741233/how-to-identify-high-risk-aps-patients-clinical-utility-and-predictive-values-of-validated-scores
#18
REVIEW
Kenji Oku, Olga Amengual, Shinsuke Yasuda, Tatsuya Atsumi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a clinical disorder characterised by thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity in the persistence of antiphospholipid (aPL) antibodies that are pathogenic and have pro-coagulant activities. Thrombosis in APS tends to recur and require prophylaxis; however, the stereotypical treatment for APS patients is inadequate and stratification of the thrombotic risks is important as aPL are prevalently observed in various diseases or elderly population...
August 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741162/-scanning-electron-microscopic-investigations-of-cutting-edge-quality-in-lamellar-keratotomy-using-the-wavelight-femtosecond-laser-fs-200-what-influence-do-spot-distance-and-an-additional-tunnel-have
#19
T Hammer, T Höche, J Heichel
BACKGROUND: Femtosecond lasers (fs-lasers) are established cutting instruments for the creation of LASIK flaps. Previous studies often showed even rougher surfaces after application of fs-laser systems compared to lamellar keratotomy with mechanical microkeratomes. When cutting the cornea with fs-lasers, an intrastromal gas development occurs, which has a potentially negative influence on the cutting quality if the gas cannot be dissipated; therefore, manufacturers have chosen the way of gas assimilation in so-called pockets...
July 24, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741087/the-performance-of-different-anti-dsdna-autoantibodies-assays-in-chinese-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients
#20
Jiangfeng Zhao, Kaiwen Wang, Xiaodong Wang, Ting Li, Li Guo, Liyang Gu, Zhiwei Chen, Fangfang Sun, Haiting Wang, Jiajie Li, Jiaxian Huang, Peng Zhang, Yang Tang, Shuang Ye
To compare the performance of different commercial anti-dsDNA autoantibody assays, including multiplex-based immunoassay (Bio-Plex), Farr radioimmunoassay (Farr), ELISA, chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA), and Crithidia Luciliae indirect immunofluorescence test (CLIFT) in Chinese patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE patients (n = 119) as well as healthy controls (n = 200) and disease controls (n = 100) were recruited, and serum anti-dsDNA autoantibodies were detected by Bio-Plex, Farr, two ELISA assays (Medical & Biological Laboratories-ELISA, EUROIMMU-ELISA), CLIA, and a standard CLIFT...
July 25, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
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