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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088842/unbiased-split-variable-selection-for-random-survival-forests-using-maximally-selected-rank-statistics
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Marvin N Wright, Theresa Dankowski, Andreas Ziegler
The most popular approach for analyzing survival data is the Cox regression model. The Cox model may, however, be misspecified, and its proportionality assumption may not always be fulfilled. An alternative approach for survival prediction is random forests for survival outcomes. The standard split criterion for random survival forests is the log-rank test statistic, which favors splitting variables with many possible split points. Conditional inference forests avoid this split variable selection bias. However, linear rank statistics are utilized by default in conditional inference forests to select the optimal splitting variable, which cannot detect non-linear effects in the independent variables...
January 15, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088809/fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-1-fgfr1-partly-related-to-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-2-vegfr2-and-microvessel-density-is-an-independent-prognostic-factor-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Dan Pu, Jiewei Liu, Zhixi Li, Jiang Zhu, Mei Hou
BACKGROUND This study aimed to explore the correlation between FGFR1 and clinical features, including survival analysis and the promotion of angiogenesis by fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2). FGFR1 gene amplification has been found in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the prognostic value of FGFR1 and the correlation between FGFR1 and clinical features are still controversial. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 92 patients with NSCLC who underwent R0 resection between July 2006 and July 2008 were enrolled in the study...
January 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088798/the-intracranial-b2leed3s-score-and-the-risk-of-intracranial-hemorrhage-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-under-antiplatelet-treatment
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Pierre Amarenco, Leila Sissani, Julien Labreuche, Eric Vicaut, Marie Germaine Bousser, Angel Chamorro, Marc Fisher, Ian Ford, Kim M Fox, Michael G Hennerici, Heinrich Mattle, Peter M Rothwell, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Hans-Christoph Diener, Ralph L Sacco, Jacoba P Greving, Ale Algra
BACKGROUND: Chronic antiplatelet therapy in the post-acute phase of non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke is limited by the risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) complications. METHODS: We developed an ICH risk score based on the PERFORM trial cohort (n = 19,100), which included patients with a non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack, and externally validated this score in one contemporary trial of very similar size and inclusion criteria, the PRoFESS trial (n = 20,332 patients)...
January 14, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088776/prognostic-utility-of-estimated-albumin-excretion-rate-in-chronic-kidney-disease-results-from-the-study-of-heart-and-renal-protection
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Marion M Mafham, Natalie Staplin, Jonathan Emberson, Richard Haynes, William Herrington, Christina Reith, Christoph Wanner, Robert Walker, Alan Cass, Adeera Levin, Bengt Fellström, Lixin Jiang, Hallvard Holdaas, Bertram Kasiske, David C Wheeler, Martin J Landray, Colin Baigent
BACKGROUND: Estimated albumin excretion rate (eAER) provides a better estimate of 24-h albuminuria than albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR). However, whether eAER is superior to ACR in predicting end-stage renal disease (ESRD), vascular events (VEs) or death is uncertain. METHODS: The prognostic utility of ACR and eAER (estimated from ACR, sex, age and race) to predict mortality, ESRD and VEs was compared using Cox proportional hazards regression among 5552 participants with chronic kidney disease in the Study of Heart and Renal Protection, who were not on dialysis at baseline...
January 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088742/patterns-of-drug-use-and-hiv-infection-among-adults-in-a-nationally-representative-sample
#5
Stephanie Shiau, Stephen M Arpadi, Michael T Yin, Silvia S Martins
BACKGROUND: Little is known about drug use patterns among people living with HIV in comparison to an uninfected group in the general population. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between legal and illegal drug use and HIV infection in a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States. METHODS: Public use data files (2005-2014) from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) were used. Respondents were asked whether a medical professional had ever told them that they had HIV/AIDS...
January 7, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088741/prevalence-and-correlates-of-fentanyl-contaminated-heroin-exposure-among-young-adults-who-use-prescription-opioids-non-medically
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Alexandria Macmadu, Jennifer J Carroll, Scott E Hadland, Traci C Green, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: The rate of overdose deaths caused by fentanyl-contaminated heroin (FCH) use is increasing rapidly in the United States. We examined risk factors for exposure to FCH and experiences with FCH use among young adult non-medical prescription opioids (NMPO) users. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study (RAPiDS), which enrolled young adults aged 18 to 29 reporting prior 30day NMPO use between January 2015 and February 2016...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088739/the-effects-of-rurality-on-substance-use-disorder-diagnosis-a-multiple-groups-latent-class-analysis
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Billy Brooks, Matthew McBee, Robert Pack, Arsham Alamian
BACKGROUND: Rates of accidental overdose mortality from substance use disorder (SUD) have risen dramatically in the United States since 1990. Between 1999 and 2004 alone rates increased 62% nationwide, with rural overdose mortality increasing at a rate 3 times that seen in urban populations. Cultural differences between rural and urban populations (e.g., educational attainment, unemployment rates, social characteristics, etc.) affect the nature of SUD, leading to disparate risk of overdose across these communities...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088733/long-non-coding-rna-uc001kfo-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-proliferation-and-metastasis-by-targeting-%C3%AE-sma
#8
Yanfeng Pan, Tao Qin, Shenglu Yin, Xianqiang Zhang, Xiaojuan Gao, Lifen Mu
Several long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been investigated and found to be correlated with the behaviours and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); Specifically, we revealed that the lncRNA UC001kfo was differentially expressed in HCC tissues compared with normal liver tissues using lncRNA microarrays, but its functional role in cancers, including HCC, has not yet been elucidated. The present study found that the expression of UC001kfo was upregulated in HCC tissues and cell lines in comparison with tumour-adjacent tissues and normal hepatocytes, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088728/the-association-between-insomnia-related-sleep-disruptions-and-cognitive-dysfunction-during-the-inter-episode-phase-of-bipolar-disorder
#9
Jennifer C Kanady, Adriane M Soehner, Alexandra B Klein, Allison G Harvey
Sleep disturbance and cognitive dysfunction are two domains of impairment during inter-episode bipolar disorder. Despite evidence demonstrating the importance of sleep for cognition in healthy and sleep-disordered samples, this link has been minimally examined in bipolar disorder. The present study tested the association between insomnia-related sleep disruptions and cognitive dysfunction during inter-episode bipolar disorder. Forty-seven participants with bipolar disorder and a comorbid insomnia diagnosis (BD-Insomnia) and 19 participants with bipolar disorder without sleep disturbance in the last six months (BD-Control) participated in the study...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088682/female-sexual-function-mediates-the-effects-of-medication-adherence-on-quality-of-life-in-people-with-epilepsy
#10
Chung-Ying Lin, Andrea Burri, Bengt Fridlund, Amir H Pakpour
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to understand the mediating effects of female sexual functioning in the association between medication adherence and quality of life (QoL) in Iranian women with epilepsy (WWE). METHODS: Women's sexual functioning was measured using Female Sexual Function Index; QoL using Quality of Life in Epilepsy; epilepsy severity using Liverpool Seizure Severity Scale; subjective medication adherence using Medication Adherence Report Scale; and objective medication adherence using serum level for antiepileptic drugs in 567 WWE...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088680/the-influence-of-patient-caregiver-and-family-factors-on-symptoms-of-anxiety-and-depression-in-children-and-adolescents-with-intractable-epilepsy
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Klajdi Puka, Elysa Widjaja, Mary Lou Smith
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to evaluate the association of caregiver and family factors with symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents with medically refractory localization-related epilepsy (i.e., failed at least two epilepsy medications). METHOD: Forty-four children (ages 6-11years) and 65 adolescents (ages 12-18years) and their parents participated in this multicentered, observational, cross-sectional study. Univariable and multivariable linear regressions were used to evaluate the influence of multiple patient, caregiver, and family characteristics on self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression in the children and adolescents...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088656/low-dose-aspirin-use-and-survival-in-breast-cancer-patients-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Úna C Mc Menamin, Chris R Cardwell, Carmel M Hughes, Liam J Murray
BACKGROUND: Preclinical evidence from breast cancer cell lines and animal models suggest that aspirin could have anti-cancer properties. In a large breast cancer patient cohort, we investigated whether post-diagnostic low-dose aspirin use was associated with a reduction in the risk of breast cancer-specific mortality. METHODS: We identified 15,140 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients within the Scottish Cancer Registry. Linkages to the Scottish Prescribing Information System provided data on dispensed medications and breast cancer-specific deaths were identified from National Records of Scotland Death Records...
January 12, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088628/methods-needed-to-measure-predictive-accuracy-a-study-of-diabetic-patients
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Hafiz M R Khan, Sarah Mende, Aamrin Rafiq, Kemesha Gabbidon, P Hemachandra Reddy
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality and it can result in several complications such as kidney failure, heart failure, stroke, and blindness making it a major medical and public health concern in the United States. Statistical methods are important to detect risk factors and identify the best sampling plan to determine predictive bounds for diabetic patients' data. The main objective of this paper is to identify the best fit bootstrapping sampling method and to draw the predictive bound considering diabetes patient data...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088618/modelling-possible-causality-in-the-associations-between-unemployment-cannabis-use-and-alcohol-misuse
#14
Joseph M Boden, Jungeun Olivia Lee, L John Horwood, Carolina Villamil Grest, Geraldine F H McLeod
BACKGROUND: There has been considerable interest in the extent to which substance use and unemployment may be related, particularly the causal pathways that may be involved in these associations. It has been argued that these associations may reflect social causation, in which unemployment influences substance use, or that they may reflect social selection, in which substance use increases the risk of becoming and remaining unemployed. The present study sought to test these competing explanations...
January 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088613/adipocyte-and-epidermal-fatty-acid-binding-protein-serum-concentrations-in-patients-with-lipodystrophy
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Konstanze Miehle, Thomas Ebert, Susan Kralisch, Annett Hoffmann, Jürgen Kratzsch, Haiko Schlögl, Michael Stumvoll, Mathias Fasshauer
OBJECTIVE: Lipodystrophy (LD) syndromes are associated with diabetes mellitus, hypertriglyceridemia, and coronary artery disease. One pathogenetic factor of LD is dysregulation of several adipokines. However, the insulin resistance- and dyslipidemia-promoting adipokines adipocyte (AFABP) and epidermal (EFABP) fatty acid-binding protein have not been investigated in non-HIV-associated LD so far. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional analysis of AFABP and EFABP serum concentrations in 37 LD patients and 37 age-, gender-, and body mass index-matched healthy controls...
January 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088605/comparison-of-the-anterior-chamber-angle-structure-between-children-and-adults
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Yukiko Shimizu, Shunsuke Nakakura, Toshihiko Nagasawa, Akiko Okamoto, Hitoshi Tabuchi, Yoshiaki Kiuchi
PURPOSE: To investigate the anterior chamber structure in children and adults with a similar axial length (AL). METHODS: A total of 50 children (mean age, 7.1 ± 3.3 years; range, 3-16) with mainly refractive error and 50 adults (mean age, 73.7 ± 7.8 years; range, 50-85) with short AL were included. The mean AL was 22.21 ± 0.88 mm (range, 20.67-23.97 mm) in children; 22.34 ± 0.53 mm (range, 20.50-22.96 mm), in adults. The corneal curvature, spherical equivalent, AL, central corneal thickness (CCT), inter-scleral spur distance, perpendicular distance, anterior chamber depth (ACD), angle opening distance (AOD), and lens vault were measured...
January 11, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088598/are-the-current-guidelines-for-the-surgical-management-of-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasms-of-the-pancreas-adequate-a-multi-institutional-study
#17
Gregory C Wilson, Shishir K Maithel, David Bentrem, Daniel E Abbott, Sharon Weber, Clifford Cho, Robert Cg Martin, Charles R Scoggins, Hong Jin Kim, Nipun B Merchant, David A Kooby, Michael J Edwards, Syed A Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Controversy persists regarding the management of patients with IPMN. International consensus guidelines stratify patients into high risk, worrisome, and low risk categories. STUDY DESIGN: The medical records of 7 institutions were reviewed for patients that underwent surgical management of IPMN between 2000-2015. RESULTS: 324 patients were included in the analysis. 60.4% of patients had main-duct / mixed type, and 39.7% had branch-duct IPMN...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088597/phase-ii-randomized-trial-of-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-to-decrease-surgical-site-infection-in-patients-undergoing-laparotomy-for-gastrointestinal-pancreatic-and-peritoneal-surface-malignancies
#18
Perry Shen, Aaron Blackham, Stacey Lewis, Clancy Clark, Russell Howerton, Harveshp Mogal, Rebecca Dodson, Gregory B Russell, Edward A Levine
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infections (SSI) remain a major source of morbidity and cost after resection of intra-abdominal malignancies. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been reported to significantly reduce SSI when applied to the closed laparotomy incision. This paper reports results of a randomized clinical trial examining the effect of NPWT on SSI rates in surgical oncology patients with increased risk for infectious complications. STUDY DESIGN: From 2012-2016, 265 patients underwent open resection of intra-abdominal neoplasms stratified into three groups: gastrointestinal (n=57), pancreas (n=73), and peritoneal surface malignancy (n=135)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088594/the-number-of-primary-events-per-variable-affects-estimation-of-the-subdistribution-hazard-competing-risks-model
#19
Peter C Austin, Arthur Allignol, Jason P Fine
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of the number of events per variable (EPV) on the accuracy of estimated regression coefficients, standard errors, empirical coverage rates of estimated confidence intervals and empirical estimates of statistical power when using the Fine-Gray subdistribution hazard regression model to assess the effect of covariates on the incidence of events that occur over time in the presence of competing risks. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Monte Carlo simulations were used...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088586/a-case-control-study-of-risk-sources-for-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-in-hubei-province-china
#20
Xuesen Xing, Xuhua Guan, Li Liu, Junqiang Xu, Guoming Li, Jianbo Zhan, Gongping Liu, Xiaoqing Jiang, Xingfu Shen, Yongzhong Jiang, Yang Wu, Hao Zhang, Jing Huang, Fan Ding, Sha Sha, Man Liu, Faxian Zhan
BACKGROUND: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), an emerging infectious disease caused by a novel bunyavirus, was discovered in rural areas of Central China in 2009. METHODS: A case-control study based on hospital data was applied to detect the potential risk sources for SFTS in SFTS-endemic counties in Hubei Province. Cases were defined as hospitalized SFTSV confirmed patients. Controls were randomly selected from non-SFTSV patients in the same hospital ward within 2 weeks of inclusion of the cases, and they were matched by age (+/- 5 years) and gender according to 1:2 matching condition...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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