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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150612/health-impact-of-e-cigarettes-a-prospective-3-5-year-study-of-regular-daily-users-who-have-never-smoked
#1
Riccardo Polosa, Fabio Cibella, Pasquale Caponnetto, Marilena Maglia, Umberto Prosperini, Cristina Russo, Donald Tashkin
Although electronic cigarettes (ECs) are a much less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes, there is concern as to whether long-term ECs use may cause risks to human health. We report health outcomes (blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide [eNO], exhaled carbon monoxide [eCO], and high-resolution computed tomography [HRCT] of the lungs) from a prospective 3.5-year observational study of a cohort of nine daily EC users (mean age 29.7 (±6...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150545/tumour-diameter-is-not-reliable-for-management-of-non-secreting-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours
#2
Logan Mills, Panagiotis Drymousis, Yogesh Vashist, Christoph Burdelski, Andreas Prachalias, Parthi Srinivasan, Krishna Menon, Corina Cotoi, Saboor Khan, Judith Cave, Thomas Armstrong, Martin O Weickert, Jakob Izbicki, Joerg Schrader, Andreja Frilling, John K Ramage, Raj Srirajaskanthan
Small non-functioning pancreatic NETs (pNETs) ≤2 cm can pose a management dilemma in terms of surveillance or resection. There is evidence to suggest that a surveillance approach can be considered since there are no significant radiological changes observed in lesions during long-term follow-up. However, other studies have suggested loco-regional spread can be present in ≤2 cm pNETs. The aim of this study was to characterise the prevalence of malignant features and identify any useful predictive variables in a surgically resected cohort of pNETs...
November 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150529/impact-of-the-2013-national-rollout-of-cms-competitive-bidding-program-the-disruption-continues
#3
Gary A Puckrein, Irl B Hirsch, Christopher G Parkin, Bruce T Taylor, Liou Xu, David G Marrero
OBJECTIVE: Use of glucose monitoring is essential to the safety of individuals with insulin-treated diabetes. In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) in nine test markets. This resulted in a substantial disruption of beneficiary access to self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) supplies and significant increases in the percentage of beneficiaries with either reduced or no acquisition of supplies. These reductions were significantly associated with increased mortality, hospitalizations, and costs...
November 17, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150524/breaking-the-scale-how-disrupting-the-karyoplasmic-ratio-gives-cancer-cells-an-advantage-for-metastatic-invasion
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Andrea Rizzotto, Eric C Schirmer
Nuclear size normally scales with the size of the cell, but in cancer this 'karyoplasmic ratio' is disrupted. This is particularly so in more metastatic tumors where changes in the karyoplasmic ratio are used in both diagnosis and prognosis for several tumor types. However, the direction of nuclear size changes differs for particular tumor types: for example in breast cancer, larger nuclear size correlates with increased metastasis, while for lung cancer smaller nuclear size correlates with increased metastasis...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150418/immune-enhancing-formulas-for-patients-with-cancer-undergoing-esophagectomy-systematic-review-protocol
#5
Astrid Naranjo, Elizabeth Isenring, Laisa Teleni
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with an esophageal cancer can potentially be compromised with postoperative leaks or fistulae if patients' nutritional status is in a vulnerable stage. Currently in Australia, there is a growing need for clinicians to know whether use of immune-enhancing formulas (IEFs) containing Arg, omega-3, and RNA are a cost-effective approach compared with isonitrogenous-isocaloric formulas to reduce postoperative infectious complications in esophagectomy patients. Since IEFs may carry higher costs, this has led to inconsistencies in practice among clinicians and hospitals...
November 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150390/pulmonary-embolism-rule-out-criteria-perc-rule-in-european-patients-with-low-implicit-clinical-probability-percepic-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-study
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Andrea Penaloza, Caroline Soulié, Thomas Moumneh, Quentin Delmez, Alexandre Ghuysen, Dominique El Kouri, Christian Brice, Nicolas S Marjanovic, Jacques Bouget, Fares Moustafa, Albert Trinh-Duc, Catherine Le Gall, Lionel Imsaad, Jean-Marie Chrétien, Béatrice Gable, Philippe Girard, Olivier Sanchez, Jeannot Schmidt, Grégoire Le Gal, Guy Meyer, Nicolas Delvau, Pierre-Marie Roy
BACKGROUND: The ability of the pulmonary embolism rule-out criteria (PERC) to exclude pulmonary embolism without further testing remains debated outside the USA, especially in the population with suspected pulmonary embolism who have a high prevalence of the condition. Our main objective was to prospectively assess the predictive value of negative PERC to rule out pulmonary embolism among European patients with low implicit clinical probability. METHODS: We did a multicentre, prospective, observational study in 12 emergency departments in France and Belgium...
November 14, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150377/urgent-versus-post-stabilisation-antiretroviral-treatment-in-hospitalised-hiv-infected-children-in-kenya-push-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#7
Irene N Njuguna, Lisa M Cranmer, Vincent O Otieno, Cyrus Mugo, Hellen M Okinyi, Sarah Benki-Nugent, Barbra Richardson, Joshua Stern, Elizabeth Maleche-Obimbo, Dalton C Wamalwa, Grace C John-Stewart
BACKGROUND: Urgent antiretroviral therapy (ART) among hospitalised HIV-infected children might accelerate recovery or worsen outcomes associated with immune reconstitution. We aimed to compare urgent versus post-stabilisation ART among hospitalised HIV-infected children in Kenya. METHODS: In this unmasked randomised controlled trial, we randomly assigned (1:1) HIV-infected, ART-naive children aged 0-12 years who were eligible for treatment to receive ART within 48 h (urgent group) or in 7-14 days (post-stabilisation group) at four hospitals in Kenya (two in Nairobi and two in western Kenya)...
November 14, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150348/de-novo-head-and-neck-cancer-arising-in-solid-organ-transplantation-recipients-the-asan-medical-center-experience
#8
Marn Joon Park, Jong-Lyel Roh, Seung-Ho Choi, Soon Yuhl Nam, Sang Yoon Kim, Yoon Se Lee
OBJECTIVE: De novo cancers of head and neck area in solid organ transplantation recipients show standardized incidence ratio (SIR) of 3.8. Immunosuppression following transplantation is suggested to play as a crucial factor in pathogenesis of secondary malignancy. Prognosis of head and neck cancer arising in solid organ transplantation recipients is proven to have poor prognosis. The incidence, risk, prognosis, and survival of de novo malignancy of head and neck area in solid organ transplantation recipients in single-tertiary medical center followed up for 20 years...
November 14, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150177/the-sociocultural-context-of-emotion-socialization-in-african-american-families
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REVIEW
Madelyn H Labella
The current paper systematically reviews empirical research on parental emotion socialization in African American families, addressing gaps in a literature that has historically focused on White middle class samples. Of the 1210 studies screened, 329 were inspected, 280 were excluded, and 49 were included. Studies addressed emotion-related beliefs and attitudes, emotion expressiveness, discussion of emotion, and responses to children's emotion. Mixed findings are interpreted in light of sociocultural factors...
October 24, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150167/reproductive-factors-in-relation-to-heart-failure-in-women-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Renee Bolijn, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Folkert W Asselbergs, Yvonne T van der Schouw
BACKGROUND: The biological mechanisms underlying the sex-related differences in risk of heart failure are still not well understood. The aim of this review was to provide an overview of the current evidence on the association between reproductive factors and risk of heart failure in women. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted. PubMed and Embase databases were searched for publications on the following reproductive factors as potential risk factors for heart failure in women: age at menarche, duration and frequency of the menstrual cycle, reproductive lifespan, use of contraception, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy characteristics (e...
December 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150094/-geriatric-assessment-and-prognostic-scores-in-older-cancer-patient-additional-support-to-the-therapeutic-decision
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REVIEW
Frédéric Pamoukdjian, Evelyne Liuu, Philippe Caillet, Mathilde Gisselbrecht, Stéphane Herbaud, Pascaline Boudou-Rouquette, Laurent Zelek, Elena Paillaud
Cancer is a disease of the elderly as demonstrated by the epidemiological evolution of Western countries. Indeed, two third of cancers newly diagnosed occur over 65 years. However, older cancer patients have been often excluded from clinical trials in oncology and the extrapolation of cancer treatments in this population remains difficult in practice. Scientific societies recommend that a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) be performed in patients aged 70 and over and selected using screening tools for frailty such as the G8 index...
November 14, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150091/prediction-of-menarcheal-status-of-girls-using-voice-features
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Marcin D Bugdol, Monika N Bugdol, Anna M Lipowicz, Andrzej W Mitas, Maria J Bienkowska, Agata M Wijata
A method for evaluating the menarcheal status of girls on the basis of their voice features is presented in the paper. The registration procedure consists of voice recording and measuring 20 anthropological features. The input feature vector is a combination of voice and anthropometric parameters, counting 220 features. The optimal set of parameters was selected using five different methods: Method A - stepwise regression (first forward, then backward regression) performed on features with statistically different means/medians; Method B - stepwise regression (forward and backward) on all features, with age; Method C - stepwise regression as in B; including age, Method D - all features with statistically different means/medians, Method E - all features excluding age...
November 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150083/ct-imaging-features-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-floating-aortic-thrombus
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E Klang, A Kerpel, S Soffer, M Zlotnik, O Shimon, U Rimon, E Konen, M M Amitai
AIM: To present the computed tomography (CT) imaging features of floating aortic thrombus with emphasis on clinical and radiographic predictors for systemic shower emboli. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective computerised search for patients with protruding thoracic aortic thrombus on CT was conducted. Clinical and demographic characteristics were retrieved from medical files. Patients were divided into two groups: symptomatic and asymptomatic, based on the presence or absence of documented systemic emboli at the time of diagnosis or during follow-up...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149997/surface-sieving-coordinated-imac-material-for-purification-of-his-tagged-proteins
#14
Senwu Li, Kaiguang Yang, Lukuan Liu, Baofeng Zhao, Yuanbo Chen, Xiao Li, Lihua Zhang, Yukui Zhang
Tailor-made materials for the purification of proteins with His-tag was designed through synergizing the selectivity of surface sieving and metal ion affinity. By excluding impurity proteins out of the surface polymer network, such materials could purify His-tagged proteins from the crude cell lysis with purity up to 90%, improved by 14% compared to that obtained by the commercial metal chelating affinity materials. This study might promote the His-tagged protein purification to a new level.
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149783/hematological-improvement-of-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-m2000-as-a-novel-nsaid-with-immunosuppressive-property
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Hossein Ahmadi, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Farhad Gharibdoost, Mahdi Vojdanian, Mohammad Javad Fattahi, Noushin Rastkari, Zahra Aghazadeh, Abbas Mirshafiey
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of β-D-mannuronic acid (M2000) on hematological parameters in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis. This study was conducted on 25 patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (identifier: IRCT2014011213739N2). M2000 was administered orally for anemic and non-anemic RA patients at a dose of 500 mg twice daily for 12 weeks. The patients were permitted to continue the conventional treatments excluding NSAIDs. Blood samples were collected at baseline, 4 and 12 weeks after drug administration and were tested for hematological parameters...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149670/an-updated-review-on-tritium-in-the-environment
#16
REVIEW
Frédérique Eyrolle, Loïc Ducros, Séverine Le Dizès, Karine Beaugelin-Seiller, Sabine Charmasson, Patrick Boyer, Catherine Cossonnet
Various studies indicated more or less recently that organically bound tritium (OBT) formed from gaseous or liquid tritium releases into the environment potentially accumulates in organisms contradicting hypotheses associated to methods used to assess the biological impact of tritium on humans (ASN, 2010). Increasing research works were then performed during the last decade in order to gain knowledge on this radionuclide expected to be increasingly released by nuclear installations in the near future within the environment...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149510/transferrin-as-a-predictor-of-survival-in-cirrhosis
#17
André Viveiros, Armin Finkenstedt, Benedikt Schaefer, Mattias Mandorfer, Bernhard Scheiner, Konrad Lehner, Moritz Tobiasch, Thomas Reiberger, Herbert Tilg, Michael Edlinger, Heinz Zoller
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with cirrhosis frequently present with high serum ferritin and low transferrin concentrations, reflecting impaired liver function and inflammation. Recent studies have shown that transferrin and its saturation with iron are MELD-independent predictors of mortality in patients with acute on chronic liver failure or decompensated cirrhosis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic utility of serum iron parameters in relation to markers of liver function and immune activation...
November 17, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149469/cuffed-versus-uncuffed-endotracheal-tubes-for-general-anaesthesia-in-children-aged-eight-years-and-under
#18
REVIEW
Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149427/the-impact-of-the-national-bowel-screening-program-in-the-netherlands-on-detection-and-treatment-of-endoscopically-unresectable-benign-polyps
#19
C C M Marres, C J Buskens, E Schriever, P C M Verbeek, M W Mundt, W A Bemelman, A W H van de Ven
BACKGROUND: In January 2014, a national bowel cancer screening program started in the Netherlands. The program is being implemented in phases until 2019. Due to this program, an increase in patients referred for a colorectal resection for benign, but endoscopically unresectable polyps, is expected. So far, most resections are performed according to oncological principles despite no pre-operative histological diagnosis of malignancy. The aim of this study was to analyze the increase in referred patients during the first year of the screening program and to compare pathological results and clinical outcome of resections of patients undergoing resection for benign polyps before and after implementation of screening...
November 17, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149349/social-exclusion-weakens-storage-capacity-and-attentional-filtering-ability-in-visual-working-memory
#20
Mengsi Xu, Senqing Qi, Zhiai Li, Liuting Diao, Lingxia Fan, Lijie Zhang, Dong Yang
Social exclusion has been found to impair visual working memory (WM), while the underlying neural processes are currently unclear. Using two experiments, we tested whether the poor WM performance caused by exclusion was due to reduced storage capacity, impaired attentional filtering ability, or both. The Cyberball game was used to manipulate social exclusion. Seventy-four female participants performed WM tasks while event-related potentials were recorded. In Experiment 1, participants were made to remember the orientations of red rectangles while ignoring salient green rectangles...
November 15, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
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