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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088844/role-of-contrast-ct-for-the-diagnosis-and-the-prognosis-of-suspected-lvad-thrombosis
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Bill C Tran, Prabhjot S Nijjar
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need for further studies evaluating the role of imaging modalities in the management of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) thrombosis. This study reviews the role of computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of suspected LVAD thrombosis. METHODS: All contrast chest CTs performed in patients with suspected LVAD thrombosis at the University of Minnesota between January 2008 and April 2014 were reviewed. Significant CT findings were identified, operative notes were reviewed, and patient outcomes were reported...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088840/evaluation-of-a-short-term-training-program-in-bedside-emergency-ultrasound-in-southwestern-tanzania
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Mark Shaffer, Heather A Brown, Chloé McCoy, Prosper Bashaka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of a short-term training program in emergency ultrasound on physician skills and attitudes in southwestern Tanzania. METHODS: Eight registrar physicians at Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (Mbeya, Tanzania) underwent a 5-day course in bedside emergency ultrasound, focusing primarily on the focused assessment with sonography for trauma examination, including didactic sessions, practical sessions, and on-job training. The impact on ultrasound knowledge was assessed by pretest and posttest evaluations...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088810/leptin-influences-healing-in-the-sprague-dawley-rat-fracture-model
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Pengcheng Liu, Ming Cai
BACKGROUND Leptin plays a crucial role in bone metabolism, and its level is related to bone callus formation in the fracture repair process. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of recombinant leptin on the healing process of femoral fractures in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-eight male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with an average body weight of 389 g (range: 376-398 g) and an average age of 10 weeks were included in this animal research, and all rats were randomly divided into two major groups...
January 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088808/shunt-surgery-in-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-aided-by-electromagnetic-navigation
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Elvis J Hermann, Manolis Polemikos, Hans E Heissler, Joachim K Krauss
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is characterized by increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure and normal or slit ventricles. Lumboperitoneal shunting had been favored by many investigators for CSF diversion in IIH for decades; however, it has been associated with various side effects. Because of the small ventricular size adequate positioning of a ventricular catheter is challenging. OBJECTIVES: Here, we investigated the usefulness of electromagnetic (EM)-guided ventricular catheter placement for ventriculoperitoneal shunting in IIH...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088807/posterior-versus-anterior-circulation-stroke-in-young-adults-a-comparative-study-of-stroke-aetiologies-and-risk-factors-in-stroke-among-young-fabry-patients-sifap1
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Bettina von Sarnowski, Ulf Schminke, Ulrike Grittner, Christian Tanislav, Tobias Böttcher, Michael G Hennerici, Turgut Tatlisumak, Jukka Putaala, Manfred Kaps, Franz Fazekas, Christian Enzinger, Arndt Rolfs, Christof Kessler
BACKGROUND: Although 20-30% of all strokes occur in the posterior circulation, few studies have explored the characteristics of patients with strokes in the posterior compared to the anterior circulation so far. Especially data on young patients is missing. METHODS: In this secondary analysis of data of the prospective multi-centre European sifap1 study that investigated stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients aged 18-55 years, we compared vascular risk factors, stroke aetiology, presence of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) and cerebral microbleeds (CMB) between patients with ischaemic posterior circulation stroke (PCS) and those having suffered from anterior circulation stroke (ACS) based on cerebral MRI...
January 14, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088804/monitoring-noninvasive-ventilation-in-patients-with-obesity-hypoventilation-syndrome-comparison-between-ventilator-built-in-software-and-respiratory-polygraphy
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Ramon Fernandez Alvarez, Claudio Rabec, Gemma Rubinos Cuadrado, Juan Alejandro Cascon Hernandez, Patricia Rodriguez, Marjolaine Georges, Pere Casan
BACKGROUND: Polygraphy (PG) remains the standard method of assessing noninvasive ventilation (NIV) effectiveness. Built-in software (BIS) of recent NIV equipment provides estimates of some ventilator parameters, but their usefulness is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To assess the reliability of BIS compared with PG in a cohort of obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) patients on NIV. METHODS: Thirty stable OHS patients on NIV were evaluated in an outpatient setting with simultaneous PG and BIS recordings...
January 14, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088801/natural-history-of-untreated-hemifacial-spasm-a-study-of-104-consecutive-patients-over-5-years
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Jeong-A Lee, Kyung-Hee Kim, Kwan Park
BACKGROUND: The natural history without treatment of a large series of hemifacial spasm (HFS) patients has not been well-documented. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the natural history and clinical outcome in patients with HFS. METHODS: The initial visits of all 2,155 patients and the diagnosis of HFS took place between 2001 and 2010. In 1,775 of the patients, compressing vessels were identified on magnetic resonance imaging...
January 14, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088797/automated-interpretation-of-pulmonary-function-tests-in-adults-with-respiratory-complaints
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Marko Topalovic, Stefan Laval, Jean-Marie Aerts, Thierry Troosters, Marc Decramer, Wim Janssens
BACKGROUND: The use of pulmonary function tests is primarily based on expert opinion and international guidelines. Current interpretation strategies are using predefined cutoffs for the description of a typical pattern. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to explore the predicted disease outcome based on the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society (ATS/ERS) interpreting strategy. Subsequently, we investigated whether an unbiased machine learning framework integrating lung function with clinical variables may provide alternative decision trees resulting in a more accurate diagnosis...
January 12, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088793/hnrnp-l-mediates-bladder-cancer-progression-by-inhibiting-apoptotic-signaling-and-enhancing-mapk-signaling-pathways
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Daojun Lv, Huayan Wu, Rongwei Xing, Fangpeng Shu, Bin Lei, Chengyong Lei, Xumin Zhou, Bo Wan, Yu Yang, Liren Zhong, Xiangming Mao, Yaguang Zou
Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein L (hnRNP-L) is a promoter of various kinds of cancers, but its actions in bladder cancer (BC) are unclear. In this study, we investigated the function and the underlying mechanism of hnRNP-L in bladder carcinogenesis. Our results demonstrated that enhanced hnRNP-L expression in BC tissues was associated with poor overall survival of BC patients. Depletion of hnRNP-L significantly suppressed cell proliferation in vitro and inhibited xenograft tumor growth in vivo. Furthermore, downregulation of hnRNP-L resulted in G1-phase cell cycle arrest and enhanced apoptosis accompanied by inhibition of EMT and cell migration...
January 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088792/impact-of-nudt15-polymorphisms-on-thiopurines-induced-myelotoxicity-and-thiopurines-tolerance-dose
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Dandan Yin, Xuyang Xia, Junlong Zhang, Shouyue Zhang, Fei Liao, Ge Zhang, Yan Zhang, Qianqian Hou, Xue Yang, Hong Wang, Zhigui Ma, Heyao Wang, Yiping Zhu, Wei Zhang, Yuelan Wang, Bo Liu, Lanlan Wang, Heng Xu, Yang Shu
Thiopurines are widely used as anticancer and immunosuppressive agents. However, life-threatening myelotoxicity has been noticed and largely explained by genetic variations, including NUDT15 polymorphisms (e.g., rs116855232). In this study, we conduct a meta-analysis to investigate the impact of rs116855232 on thiopurines-induced myelotoxicity susceptibility (1752 patients from 7 independent cohorts), as well as on thiopurines intolerance dose (2745 patients from 13 cohorts). Variant allele of rs116855232 contributes 7...
January 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088773/epidemiology-and-outcome-of-acute-pancreatitis-in-end-stage-renal-disease-dialysis-patients-a-10-year-national-cohort-study
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Hung-Jui Chen, Jhi-Joung Wang, Wen-Ing Tsay, Shwu-Huey Her, Cheng-Heng Lin, Chih-Chiang Chien
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to determine the incidence and severity of acute pancreatitis (AP) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis and whether the dialysis modality [hemodialysis (HD) versus peritoneal dialysis (PD)] confers a higher risk for AP as well as complications or mortality related to AP. METHODS: We analyzed national health insurance claims data of 67 078 ESRD patients initiating dialysis between 1999 and 2007 in Taiwan...
January 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088767/pharmacokinetic-study-of-anidulafungin-in-icu-patients-with-intra-abdominal-candidiasis
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H Dupont, L Massias, B Jung, N Ammenouche, P Montravers
BACKGROUND: Only limited pharmacokinetic data are available for anidulafungin in ICU patients, especially in patients treated for severe intra-abdominal infection (IAI). METHODS: This was a prospective multicentre observational study in ICU patients with suspected yeast IAI. All patients received an intravenous loading dose of 200 mg of anidulafungin, followed by 100 mg/day. Thirteen blood samples were drawn between day 1 and day 5 for pharmacokinetic analysis...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088764/prevalence-and-long-term-prognosis-of-patients-with-narrower-than-normal-qrs-complexes
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Philippe Maury, Elodie Lematte, Nicolas Derval, Anne Rollin, Vanina Bongard, Alexandre Duparc, Pierre Mondoly, Christelle Cardin, Marie Sadron, Michel Galinier, Didier Carrié, Meleze Hocini, Arnaud Denis, Pierre Jaïs, Frederic Sacher, Michel Haïssaguerre, Jean Ferrieres, Jean Bernard Ruidavets
AIMS: Very narrow QRS have been reported in sudden death survivors but prevalence and prognosis role of narrow QRS is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: 546 healthy men between 50 and 60 years (group 1) and 373 similar patients with coronary artery disease (368 men, group 2) underwent signal averaged ECG (SA-ECG) allowing precise measurement of QRS duration. All cause-mortality was determined after 18 ± 3 years follow-up. Mean QRS duration was 97 ± 13 ms in group 1 and 103 ± 16 ms in group 2...
January 14, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088759/how-accurate-are-accurate-force-fields-for-b-dna
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Pablo D Dans, Ivan Ivani, Adam Hospital, Guillem Portella, Carlos González, Modesto Orozco
Last generation of force-fields are raising expectations on the quality of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DNA, as well as to the belief that theoretical models can substitute experimental ones in several cases. However these claims are based on limited benchmarks, where MD simulations have shown the ability to reproduce already existing 'experimental models', which in turn, have an unclear accuracy to represent DNA conformation in solution. In this work we explore the ability of different force-fields to predict the structure of two new B-DNA dodecamers, determined herein by means of (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)...
January 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088755/hispanic-mothers-beliefs-regarding-hpv-vaccine-series-completion-in-their-adolescent-daughters
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A M Roncancio, K K Ward, C C Carmack, B T Muñoz, F L Cribbs
Rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series completion among adolescent Hispanic females in Texas in 2014 (∼39%) lag behind the Healthy People 2020 goal (80%). This qualitative study identifies Hispanic mothers' salient behavioral, normative and control beliefs regarding having their adolescent daughters complete the vaccine series. Thirty-two mothers of girls (aged 11-17) that had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine, completed in-depth interviews. Six girls had received one dose of the HPV vaccine, 10 girls had received two doses, and 16 girls had received all three doses...
January 14, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088747/decreased-s100b-serum-levels-after-treatment-in-bipolar-patients-in-a-manic-phase
#16
Meng-Chang Tsai, Tiao-Lai Huang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that patients with bipolar disorder might have brain damage. The aim of this study was to investigate the serum levels of brain injury biomarkers and S100A10 in bipolar patients in a manic phase, and evaluate the changes in S100B, neuron specific enolase (NSE), heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and S100A10 after treatment. METHOD: We consecutively enrolled 17 bipolar inpatients in a manic phase and 30 healthy subjects. Serum brain injury biomarkers and S100A10 were measured with assay kits...
January 3, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088742/patterns-of-drug-use-and-hiv-infection-among-adults-in-a-nationally-representative-sample
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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/28088735/long-non-coding-rna-ccat1-promotes-human-retinoblastoma-so-rb50-and-y79-cells-through-negative-regulation-of-mir-218-5p
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Hongxu Zhang, Jianguang Zhong, Zhenyu Bian, Xiang Fang, You Peng, Yongping Hu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the regulatory role and potential mechanism of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) in human retinoblastoma (RB). METHODS: The lncRNA profile in RB tissues were analyzed by microarray and quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). One of the identified lncRNAs (LncRNA CCAT1) was selected for further experiments. SO-RB50 and Y79 cells were transfected with negative control, siRNA targeting lncRNA CCAT1 (si-CCAT1) and si-CCAT1+miR218-5p inhibitor, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088734/in-vivo-and-in-silico-sedative-hypnotic-like-activity-of-7-methyljuglone-isolated-from-diospyros-lotus-l
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Abdur Rauf, Sengul Uysal, Taibi Ben Hadda, Ghias Uddin, Muhammad Asif Nawaz, Haroon Khan, Bina S Siddiqui, Muslim Raza, Saud Bawazeer, Gokhan Zengin
Diospyros lotus L. possesses different therapeutic activities such as antioxidant, anti-proliferative, anti-microbial and sedative. However, no studies on the sedative-hypnotic activity of 7-methyljuglone are reported. In the present study, we have evaluated in vivo the anxiolytic-hypnotic like effects of 7-methyljuglone in mice with open field and phenobarbitone-induced sleeping time tests. We have also assessed in silico the involvement of GABAA, GABAB and 5HT1 neurotransmission in its mechanism of action...
January 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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