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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343350/an-exploration-of-differences-between-japan-and-two-european-countries-in-the-self-reporting-and-valuation-of-pain-and-discomfort-on-the-eq-5d
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Yan Feng, Mike Herdman, Floortje van Nooten, Charles Cleeland, David Parkin, Shunya Ikeda, Ataru Igarashi, Nancy J Devlin
PURPOSE: To investigate the systematic differences in the self-reporting and valuation of overall health and, in particular, pain/discomfort between three countries (England/UK, Japan, and Spain) on the EQ-5D. METHODS: Existing datasets were used to explore differences in responses on the EQ-5D descriptive system between Japan (3L and 5L), the UK (3L), England (5L), and Spain (5L), particularly on the dimension of pain/discomfort. The role of different EQ dimensions in determining self-reported overall health scores for the EuroQol visual analog scale (EQ-VAS) was investigated using ordinary least squares regression...
March 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343295/identification-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-subtype-1-s1p1-as-a-pathogenic-factor-in-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia
#2
Bhakta Prasad Gaire, Chi-Ho Lee, Arjun Sapkota, Sang Yeul Lee, Jerold Chun, Hee Jun Cho, Tae-Gyu Nam, Ji Woong Choi
Medically relevant roles of receptor-mediated sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) signaling have become a successful or promising target for multiple sclerosis or cerebral ischemia. Animal-based proof-of-concept validation for the latter is particularly through the neuroprotective efficacy of FTY720, a non-selective S1P receptor modulator, presumably via activation of S1P1. In spite of a clear link between S1P signaling and cerebral ischemia, it remains unknown whether the role of S1P1 is pathogenic or neuroprotective...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343292/psychometric-validation-of-the-heart-failure-caregiver-questionnaire-hf-cq-%C3%A2
#3
Anna Strömberg, Nicola Bonner, Laura Grant, Bryan Bennett, Misook L Chung, Tiny Jaarsma, Marie Louise Luttik, Eldrin F Lewis, Frederico Calado, Celine Deschaseaux
BACKGROUND: The Heart Failure Caregiver Questionnaire (HF-CQ(®)) was developed to assess subjective outcomes of heart failure caregivers. The HF-CQ(®) comprises 21 questions on three domains, namely physical, emotional/psychological and lifestyle. The objective of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the HF-CQ(®). METHODS: Patients (n = 150) with heart failure and their primary caregivers (n = 150) were recruited from 11 sites in USA...
March 25, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343169/a-bayesian-semiparametric-factor-analysis-model-for-subtype-identification
#4
Jiehuan Sun, Joshua L Warren, Hongyu Zhao
Disease subtype identification (clustering) is an important problem in biomedical research. Gene expression profiles are commonly utilized to infer disease subtypes, which often lead to biologically meaningful insights into disease. Despite many successes, existing clustering methods may not perform well when genes are highly correlated and many uninformative genes are included for clustering due to the high dimensionality. In this article, we introduce a novel subtype identification method in the Bayesian setting based on gene expression profiles...
March 25, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343026/comparison-of-unilateral-versus-bilateral-pedicle-screw-fixation-at-the-level-of-fracture-using-posterior-short-segment-pedicle-instrumentation-in-the-treatment-of-severe-thoracolumbar-burst-fractures
#5
Chao Sun, Xinhui Liu, Jiwei Tian, Guoping Guan, Hailong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar burst fractures (TBFs) are often followed by bilateral pedicle screw fixation(BPSF) at the level of fracture using posterior short-segment pedicle instrumentation (SSPI). There has been increasing support for unilateral pedicle screw fixation (UPSF) in an attempt to reduce complications and costs. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical and radiologic results of UPSF versus BPSF at the level of fracture using SSPI in the treatment of severe TBFs. METHODS: The records of 42 consecutive patients with severe TBFs who underwent SSPI were divided into 2 groups according to the number of screws in the fracture level, including 20 patients (five screws) in UPSF group and 22 patients(six screws) in BPSF...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342730/the-association-of-dietary-inflammatory-potential-with-depression-and-mental-well-being-among-u-s-adults
#6
Rachel S Bergmans, Kristen M Malecki
Current treatment for depression is not considered effective among all cases and, thus far, nutritional protocols are minimal within depression treatment guidelines. Recently, there has been increasing interest in a possible protective and modifiable role of diet in common mental disorders, including depression, due to pro- and anti-inflammatory properties of nutrients. This study aims to investigate whether the Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII), designed to estimate the inflammatory potential of diet, is associated with depression and other measures of mental health...
March 22, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342545/distal-tibial-nonunion-using-a-contralateral-anterior-l-shaped-locking-compression-plate-through-a-posterior-lateral-approach-a-retrospective-case-series
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Chuanlu Lin, Lixiang Lin, Lutchooman Vinesh, Xiwen Shao, Xiaolang Lu, Jianjun Hong
BACKGROUND: Distal tibial nonunion is usually due to severe open distal tibial fractures with high energy injury. The best surgical treatment is not well established because of the poor soft tissue condition. We retrospectively analyzed a series of patients with distal tibial nonunion after severe open distal tibial fractures; our purpose was to introduce a treatment using a contralateral anterior L-shaped locking compression plate through a posterior-lateral approach with Iliac crest bone graft and evaluate the outcomes of patients...
March 19, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342534/comparison-of-ixekizumab-with-etanercept-or-placebo-in-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-subgroup-analysis-of-latin-american-patients-in-the-phase-3-randomized-uncover-3-study
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F Valenzuela, C de la Cruz Fernandez, R L Galimberti, S Gürbüz, M McKean-Matthews, L Goncalves, R Romiti
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Ixekizumab demonstrated greater efficacy than placebo and etanercept in UNCOVER-3. Subgroup analysis of Latin American patients was performed. We report 12-week and 60-week data. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Analysis included 102 Latin American patients randomized to receive placebo (n=14), etanercept 50mg twice weekly (n=30), or ixekizumab 160-mg starting dose followed by 80mg every 2 weeks (Q2W; n=29) or every 4 weeks (Q4W; n=29). At week 12, patients maintaining efficacy response and adequate overall safety were assigned, at the discretion of the investigator, to long-term extension with ixekizumab Q4W...
March 22, 2017: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342390/lidocaine-gel-versus-plain-lubricating-gel-for-pain-reduction-during-transrectal-sonography-lips-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Su Hyun Nam, Kye Hyun Kim, Chahien Choi, Se Hyun Nam, Taejong Song, Kyo Won Lee
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of lidocaine gel and plain lubricating gel in relieving pain during transrectal sonography (TRS) in patients with gynecologic problems. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted in 80 participants who were scheduled to undergo TRS. The participants were allocated into the lidocaine gel group and the aqueous gel group at a 1:1 ratio. The intensity of pain during TRS based on the visual analogue scale (0-10 points) and the adverse events were assessed and compared between the two groups...
March 11, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340316/quality-of-relationship-between-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injury-and-their-family-members
#10
Laraine Winter, Helene J Moriarty
OBJECTIVES: The quality of the relationship between patients with many illnesses and their family members has been shown to affect the well-being of both. Yet, relationship quality has not been studied in traumatic brain injury (TBI), and giving and receiving aspects have not been distinguished. The present study of veterans with TBI examined associations between relationship quality and caregiver burden, satisfaction with caregiving, and veterans' competence in interpersonal functioning, rated by veterans and family members...
March 24, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340311/early-clinical-efficacy-comparison-study-of-gamma3-nail-percutaneous-compression-plate-pccp-and-femoral-head-replacement-fhr-treatment-on-senile-unstable-intertrochanteric-fractures
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Shaofeng Yang, Yanan Liu, Tongqi Yang, Jun Zou, Huilin Yang
PURPOSE: This study aimed to analyze the early clinical efficacy of Gamma 3 nail, percutaneous compression plate (PCCP) and femoral head replacement (FHR) treatments on senile unstable intertrochanteric fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Totally 116 patients were included to perform an retrospective study, which involved analysis of the operation time, intraoperative blood loss, and hemoglobin reduction on the first postoperative day compared with preoperative levels, fracture gap, neck shaft angle and tip apex distance on the first postoperative X-ray, hospital stay, time from surgery to mobilization, Harris hip scores and Barthel index six months after operation, and complications postoperative meanwhile were evaluated respectively among three groups...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340146/effect-of-broiler-breeders-fed-with-corn-or-sorghum-diet-and-canthaxanthin-supplementation-on-production-and-reproductive-performance
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C E V Bonilla, A P Rosa, A Londero, C B S Giacomini, C Orso, M O Fernandes, S J Paixão, D V Bonamigo
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of corn or sorghum diet and canthaxanthin (CX) supplementation on performance in broiler breeders. A total of 440 females with similar body weight (BW) (3.71 ± 0.14 kg) and 60 roosters were placed in an open-sided house with 20 pens, randomly distributed in a factorial arrangement (2 × 2). There were 4 diets of 2 ingredients; corn (CO) or sorghum (SO) and 2 levels of CX; 6 mg/kg (CX) and 0 mg/kg (NCX) totaling 5 replicate pens of 22 females and 3 males each, from 42 to 65 wk, divided in 2 periods (from wk 42 to 53 and wk 54 to 65)...
March 4, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340131/interobserver-variability-in-histologic-evaluation-of-liver-fibrosis-using-categorical-and-quantitative-scores
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Michael Pavlides, Jacqueline Birks, Eve Fryer, David Delaney, Nikita Sarania, Rajarshi Banerjee, Stefan Neubauer, Eleanor Barnes, Kenneth A Fleming, Lai Mun Wang
Objectives: The aim of the study was to investigate the interobserver agreement for categorical and quantitative scores of liver fibrosis. Methods: Sixty-five consecutive biopsy specimens from patients with mixed liver disease etiologies were assessed by three pathologists using the Ishak and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network (NASH CRN) scoring systems, and the fibrosis area (collagen proportionate area [CPA]) was estimated by visual inspection (visual-CPA)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340065/the-next-three-decades-of-the-comet-assay-a-report-of-the-11th-international-comet-assay-workshop
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Gudrun Koppen, Amaya Azqueta, Bertrand Pourrut, Gunnar Brunborg, Andrew R Collins, Sabine A S Langie
The International Comet Assay Workshops are a series of scientific conferences dealing with practical and theoretical aspects of the Comet Assay (single-cell gel electrophoresis)-a simple method for detecting DNA strand breaks. The first paper describing such an assay was published over 30 years ago in 1984 by Swedish researchers O. Ostling and K. J. Johanson. Appropriately, the theme for the 2015 meeting was looking to the future: 'The Next 3 Decades of the Comet Assay'. The programme included 25 oral and 43 poster presentations depicting the latest advances in technical developments as well as applications of the comet assay in genotoxicity testing (in vitro and in vivo) and biomonitoring of both humans and the environment...
March 4, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339906/interstitial-fibrosis-scored-on-whole-slide-digital-imaging-of-kidney-biopsies-is-a-predictor-of-outcome-in-proteinuric-glomerulopathies
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Laura H Mariani, Sebastian Martini, Laura Barisoni, Pietro A Canetta, Jonathan P Troost, Jeffrey B Hodgin, Matthew Palmer, Avi Z Rosenberg, Kevin V Lemley, Hui-Ping Chien, Jarcy Zee, Abigail Smith, Gerald B Appel, Howard Trachtman, Stephen M Hewitt, Matthias Kretzler, Serena M Bagnasco
Background.: Interstitial fibrosis (IF), tubular atrophy (TA) and interstitial inflammation (II) are known determinants of progression of renal disease. Standardized quantification of these features could add value to current classification of glomerulopathies. Methods.: We studied 315 participants in the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) study, including biopsy-proven minimal change disease (MCD = 98), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS = 121), membranous nephropathy (MN = 59) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN = 37)...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339748/genotype-based-gene-signature-of-glioma-risk
#16
Yen-Tsung Huang, Yi Zhang, Zhijin Wu, Dominique S Michaud
Background.: Glioma accounts for 80% of malignant brain tumors, but its etiologic determinants remain elusive. Despite genetic susceptibility loci identified by genome-wide association study (GWAS), the agnostic approach leaves open the possibility that other susceptibility genes remain to be discovered. Here we conduct a gene-centric integrative GWAS (iGWAS) of glioma risk that combines transcriptomics and genetics. Methods.: We synthesized a brain transcriptomics dataset (n = 354), a GWAS dataset (n = 4203), and an advanced glioma tumor transcriptomic dataset (n = 483) to conduct an iGWAS...
February 22, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339690/automated-classification-of-eligibility-criteria-in-clinical-trials-to-facilitate-patient-trial-matching-for-specific-patient-populations
#17
Kevin Zhang, Dina Demner-Fushman
Objective: To develop automated classification methods for eligibility criteria in ClinicalTrials.gov to facilitate patient-trial matching for specific populations such as persons living with HIV or pregnant women. Materials and Methods: We annotated 891 interventional cancer trials from ClinicalTrials.gov based on their eligibility for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients using their eligibility criteria. These annotations were used to develop classifiers based on regular expressions and machine learning (ML)...
February 19, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339626/a-ward-based-time-study-of-paper-and-electronic-documentation-for-recording-vital-sign-observations
#18
David Wong, Timothy Bonnici, Julia Knight, Stephen Gerry, James Turton, Peter Watkinson
Objective: To investigate time differences in recording observations and an early warning score using traditional paper charts and a novel e-Obs system in clinical practice. Methods: Researchers observed the process of recording observations and early warning scores across 3 wards in 2 university teaching hospitals immediately before and after introduction of the e-Obs system. The process of recording observations included both measurement and documentation of vital signs...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339435/impact-of-celiac-plexus-neurolysis-on-survival-in-patients-with-unresectable-pancreatic-cancer-a-retrospective-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Tak Kyu Oh, Woo Jin Lee, Sang Myung Woo, Nam Woo Kim, Jiyeon Yim, Dae Hyun Kim
BACKGROUND: Pain caused by pancreatic cancer (PC) is difficult to control. Celiac plexus neurolysis (CPN) can effectively control the pain and reduce the use of opioids. However, the effect of CPN on survival for patients with unresectable PC remains controversial. OBJECTIVES: To determine if CPN is associated with survival benefits for these patients. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, observational cohort study. SETTING: National Cancer Center in Korea...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339432/bipolar-versus-unipolar-intraarticular-pulsed-radiofrequency-thermocoagulation-in-chronic-knee-pain-treatment-a-prospective-randomized-trial
#20
Ersel Gulec, Hayri Ozbek, Sinan Pektas, Geylan Isik
BACKGROUND: Chronic knee pain is a major widespread problem causing significant impairment of daily function. Pulsed radiofrequency has been shown to reduce severe chronic joint pain as a non-pharmacological and less invasive treatment method. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the effectiveness of unipolar and bipolar intraarticular pulsed radiofrequency methods in chronic knee pain control. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind study...
March 2017: Pain Physician
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