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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933415/association-between-gamma-glutamyltransferase-and-albuminuria-in-nondiabetic-adults-with-normal-renal-function
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Sun-Hye Ko, Myong Ki Baeg, Kyung-Do Han, Seung-Yeon Ko, Sae-Bom Shin, Seung-Hyun Ko, Yu-Bae Ahn
BACKGROUND: Serum gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) has been associated with albuminuria in diabetes patients, but it has not been investigated in the general population. We aimed to investigate the association between serum GGT and albuminuria in the nondiabetic Korean population with normal kidney function. METHODS: Study participants (3948; 1549 men and 2399 women) with an estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) were analyzed from the fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2011)...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931527/radiobiology-in-cardiovascular-imaging
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REVIEW
Pat Zanzonico, Lawrence Dauer, H William Strauss
The introduction of ionizing radiation in medicine revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of disease and dramatically improved and continues to improve the quality of health care. Cardiovascular imaging and medical imaging in general, however, are associated with a range of radiobiologic effects, including, in rare instances, moderate to severe skin damage resulting from cardiac fluoroscopy. For the dose range associated with diagnostic imaging (corresponding to effective doses on the order of 10 mSv [1 rem]), the possible effects are stochastic in nature and largely theoretical...
December 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930480/evaluation-of-a-voluntary-work-site-weight-loss-program-on-hypertension
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Conrad P Earnest, Timothy S Church
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of a worksite weight loss program hypertension. METHODS: Participants [N = 5998; body mass index (BMI) 34 ± 7 m/kg, 33% hypertensive] participating in a 10-week weight loss program were examined for hypertension prevalence within categories of (1) weight gain, or loss (2) less than 3%, (3) 3% to 5%, (4) 5% to 10%, and (5) more than 10% using general linear models or Chi-square analyses. RESULTS: We observed a significant dose-response trend for the reduced prevalence of hypertension at follow-up (P-for-trend < 0...
December 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930091/arthroscopic-hip-surgery-frequency-of-postoperative-mr-arthrographic-findings-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-patients
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Chan-Hi Olaf Kim, Tobias J Dietrich, Patrick O Zingg, Claudio Dora, Christian W A Pfirrmann, Reto Sutter
Purpose To determine and compare the frequency of imaging abnormalities in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients after arthroscopic hip surgery. Materials and Methods This study was approved by the institutional review board. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. Thirty-four patients (17 asymptomatic and 17 symptomatic patients) underwent 1.5-T magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography of the hip 1 year after arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular impingement. Two readers independently analyzed all MR arthrographic images for the presence of abnormal imaging findings, including capsular adhesions at the femoral neck, obliteration of the paralabral sulcus, labral defects, and defects of the hip capsule in several anatomic positions (anterior to posterior)...
December 7, 2016: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929610/antisuicidal-response-following-ketamine-infusion-is-associated-with-decreased-nighttime-wakefulness-in-major-depressive-disorder-and-bipolar-disorder
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Jennifer L Vande Voort, Elizabeth D Ballard, David A Luckenbaugh, Rebecca A Bernert, Erica M Richards, Mark J Niciu, Lawrence T Park, Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, Wallace C Duncan, Carlos A Zarate
OBJECTIVE: Insomnia and disrupted sleep are associated with increased risk of suicide. The N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist ketamine has been associated with reduced suicidal thoughts, but the mechanism of action is unknown. This study sought to evaluate differences in nocturnal wakefulness in depressed individuals who did and did not have an antisuicidal response to ketamine. METHODS: Thirty-four participants with baseline suicidal ideation diagnosed with either DSM-IV major depressive disorder (n = 23) or bipolar depression (n = 11) between 2006 and 2013 completed nighttime electroencephalography (EEG) the night before and the night after a single ketamine infusion (0...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929392/the-emergence-of-the-dose-response-concept-in-biology-and-medicine
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REVIEW
Edward J Calabrese
A historical assessment of the origin of the dose-response in modern toxicology and its integration as a central concept in biology and medicine is presented. This article provides an overview of how the threshold, linear and biphasic (i.e., hormetic) dose-response models emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and competed for acceptance and dominance. Particular attention is directed to the hormetic model for which a general description and evaluation is provided, including its historical basis, and how it was marginalized by the medical and pharmacology communities in the early decades of the 20th century...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928758/mapping-chu9d-utility-scores-from-the-pedsql-tm-4-0-sf-15
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Christine Mpundu-Kaambwa, Gang Chen, Remo Russo, Katherine Stevens, Karin Dam Petersen, Julie Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ 4.0 Short Form 15 Generic Core Scales (hereafter the PedsQL) and the Child Health Utility-9 Dimensions (CHU9D) are two generic instruments designed to measure health-related quality of life in children and adolescents in the general population and paediatric patient groups living with specific health conditions. Although the PedsQL is widely used among paediatric patient populations, presently it is not possible to directly use the scores from the instrument to calculate quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) for application in economic evaluation because it produces summary scores which are not preference-based...
December 7, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927606/the-association-between-internet-use-and-ambulatory-care-seeking-behaviors-in-taiwan-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ronan Wenhan Hsieh, Likwang Chen, Tsung-Fu Chen, Jyh-Chong Liang, Tzu-Bin Lin, Yen-Yuan Chen, Chin-Chung Tsai
BACKGROUND: Compared with the traditional ways of gaining health-related information from newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, the Internet is inexpensive, accessible, and conveys diverse opinions. Several studies on how increasing Internet use affected outpatient clinic visits were inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the role of Internet use on ambulatory care-seeking behaviors as indicated by the number of outpatient clinic visits after adjusting for confounding variables...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926923/deforestation-impacts-on-bat-functional-diversity-in-tropical-landscapes
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Rodrigo García-Morales, Claudia E Moreno, Ernesto I Badano, Iriana Zuria, Jorge Galindo-González, Alberto E Rojas-Martínez, Eva S Ávila-Gómez
Functional diversity is the variability in the functional roles carried out by species within ecosystems. Changes in the environment can affect this component of biodiversity and can, in turn, affect different processes, including some ecosystem services. This study aimed to determine the effect of forest loss on species richness, abundance and functional diversity of Neotropical bats. To this end, we identified six landscapes with increasing loss of forest cover in the Huasteca region of the state of Hidalgo, Mexico...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926759/mortality-and-prehospital-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-major-traumatic-brain-injury-implications-for-the-hypotension-threshold
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Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Duane Sherrill, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, P David Adelson
Importance: Current prehospital traumatic brain injury guidelines use a systolic blood pressure threshold of less than 90 mm Hg for treating hypotension for individuals 10 years and older based on studies showing higher mortality when blood pressure drops below this level. However, the guidelines also acknowledge the weakness of the supporting evidence. Objective: To evaluate whether any statistically supportable threshold between systolic pressure and mortality emerges from the data a priori, without assuming that a cut point exists...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925737/generalized-kapchinskij-vladimirskij-distribution-and-beam-matrix-for-phase-space-manipulations-of-high-intensity-beams
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Moses Chung, Hong Qin, Ronald C Davidson, Lars Groening, Chen Xiao
In an uncoupled linear lattice system, the Kapchinskij-Vladimirskij (KV) distribution formulated on the basis of the single-particle Courant-Snyder invariants has served as a fundamental theoretical basis for the analyses of the equilibrium, stability, and transport properties of high-intensity beams for the past several decades. Recent applications of high-intensity beams, however, require beam phase-space manipulations by intentionally introducing strong coupling. In this Letter, we report the full generalization of the KV model by including all of the linear (both external and space-charge) coupling forces, beam energy variations, and arbitrary emittance partition, which all form essential elements for phase-space manipulations...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925650/a-pupil-size-response-model-to-assess-fear-learning
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Christoph W Korn, Matthias Staib, Athina Tzovara, Giuseppe Castegnetti, Dominik R Bach
During fear conditioning, pupil size responses dissociate between conditioned stimuli that are contingently paired (CS+) with an aversive unconditioned stimulus, and those that are unpaired (CS-). Current approaches to assess fear learning from pupil responses rely on ad hoc specifications. Here, we sought to develop a psychophysiological model (PsPM) in which pupil responses are characterized by response functions within the framework of a linear time-invariant system. This PsPM can be written as a general linear model, which is inverted to yield amplitude estimates of the eliciting process in the central nervous system...
December 7, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925468/the-prediction-of-radiofrequency-ablation-zone-volume-using-vascular-indices-of-3-dimensional-volumetric-color-doppler-ultrasound-in-an-in-vitro-blood-perfused-bovine-liver-model
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Samuel Chang, Anthony C Lanctot, Martin D McCarter, Katherine M Roberts, Deborah H Glueck, Gerald D Dodd
OBJECTIVE: To determine the most reliable predictor of radiofrequency (RF) ablation zone volume among 3D volumetric color Doppler vascular indices in in-vitro blood-perfused bovine liver model. METHODS: 3D color Doppler volume data of the local hepatic parenchyma were acquired from 37 areas of 13 bovine livers connected to in-vitro oxygenated blood perfusion system. Doppler vascular indices of vascularization index (VI), flow index (FI), and vascularization-flow index (VFI) were obtained from the volume data using a 3D volume analysis software...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923164/thinking-anxious-feeling-anxious-or-both-cognitive-bias-moderates-the-relationship-between-anxiety-disorder-status-and-sympathetic-arousal-in-youth
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Michelle Rozenman, Allison Vreeland, John Piacentini
Cognitive bias and physiological arousal are two putative markers that may underlie youth anxiety. However, data on relationships between cognitive bias and arousal are limited, and typically do not include behavioral measurement of these constructs in order to tap real-time processes. We aimed to examine the relationship between performance-based cognitive bias and sympathetic arousal during stress in clinically anxious and typically-developing youth. The sample included children and adolescents ages 9 to 17 (Mean age=13...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922940/impact-of-menopausal-status-on-negative-mood-and-depressive-symptoms-in-a-longitudinal-sample-spanning-20-years
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Katherine E Campbell, Lorraine Dennerstein, Sue Finch, Cassandra E Szoeke
OBJECTIVE: Studies examining depressive symptoms and negative mood across the postmenopause are lacking, particularly those that examine prevalence in early and late postmenopause. This study examines negative mood and depressive occurrence in the menopausal stages to provide a better understanding of prevalence of mood disturbance during this period. METHODS: This study was a longitudinal assessment of variables drawn from an epidemiological prospective study of women's healthy aging...
December 5, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922826/phenotypic-spandrel-absolute-discrimination-and-ligand-antagonism
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Paul François, Mathieu Hemery, Kyle A Johnson, Laura N Saunders
We consider the general problem of sensitive and specific discrimination between biochemical species. An important instance is immune discrimination between self and not-self, where it is also observed experimentally that ligands just below the discrimination threshold negatively impact response, a phenomenon called antagonism. We characterize mathematically the generic properties of such discrimination, first relating it to biochemical adaptation. Then, based on basic biochemical rules, we establish that, surprisingly, antagonism is a generic consequence of any strictly specific discrimination made independently from ligand concentration...
December 6, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922762/nonchemotherapy-drug-induced-agranulocytosis-in-children-detected-by-a-prospective-pharmacovigilance-program
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Nicolás Medrano-Casique, Hoi Y Tong, Alberto M Borobia, Antonio J Carcas, Jesús Frías, Elena Ramírez
OBJECTIVES: A prospective evaluation of nonchemotherapy drug-induced agranulocytosis (DIA) cases, which are infrequent in the pediatric population. We characterize agranulocytosis cases and assess lab test differences between drug- and nondrug-induced agranulocytosis. METHODS: Through our Prospective Pharmacovigilance Program from Laboratory Signals at Hospital we detected pediatric agranulocytosis cases from July 2007 to December 2010. This program estimates the incidence, drug causality, clinical features, outcomes of DIA pediatric cases, and assesses laboratory differences with respect to non-DIA...
December 6, 2016: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922533/a-propensity-score-based-fine-stratification-approach-for-confounding-adjustment-when-exposure-is-infrequent
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Rishi J Desai, Kenneth J Rothman, Brian T Bateman, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Krista F Huybrechts
BACKGROUND: When exposure is infrequent, propensity score matching results in reduced precision because it discards a large proportion of unexposed patients. To our knowledge, the relative performance of propensity score stratification in these circumstances has not been examined. METHODS: Using an empirical example of the association of first-trimester statin exposure (prevalence=0.04%) with risk of congenital malformations and 1,000 simulated cohorts (n=20,000) with eight combinations of exposure prevalence (0...
November 29, 2016: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921367/dietary-patterns-in-liberian-refugees-in-buduburam-ghana
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Wilhelmenia L Ross, Daniel F Gallego-Pérez, Anna Lartey, Adam Sandow, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Amber Hromi-Fiedler
Previous research suggests that acculturation (i.e., exposure and assimilation to local culture) is associated with changes in dietary patterns among immigrants. This study investigates this association in a refugee population using time in refugee settlement as a proxy for acculturation. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among a systematic sample to (a) identify dietary patterns in Liberian refugees and Ghanaians living in or near a refugee settlement, (b) compare adherence to these dietary patterns between groups, and (c) investigate the association between acculturation and dietary patterns in Liberian refugees...
December 5, 2016: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921185/hand-bone-loss-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-during-a-methotrexate-based-treat-to-target-strategy-with-or-without-adalimumab-a-substudy-of-the-optimized-treatment-algorithm-in-early-ra-opera-trial
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L M Ørnbjerg, M Østergaard, T Jensen, K Hørslev-Petersen, K Stengaard-Pedersen, P Junker, T Ellingsen, P Ahlquist, H Lindegaard, A Linauskas, A Schlemmer, M Y Dam, I Hansen, T Lottenburger, C G Ammitzbøll, A Jørgensen, S B Krintel, J Raun, M L Hetland, Ole Slot, Lars Kjær Nielsen, Henrik Skjødt, Ole Majgaard, Tove Lorenzen, Hans Christian Horn, Marcin Kowalski, Inger Lauge Johansen, Peter Mosborg Pedersen, Natalia Manilo, Henning Bliddal
This study aims to investigate 1-year hand bone loss (HBL1-year) in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with a methotrexate (MTX) and intra-articular triamcinolone treat-to-target strategy +/- adalimumab and to determine if HBL6months is associated with radiographic progression after 2 years. In a clinical trial (OPERA) of 180 treatment-naive early RA patients, bone mineral density (BMD) was estimated from hand radiographs with digital X-ray radiogrammetry (DXR) at baseline, after 6 (n = 90) and 12 months (n = 70) of follow-up...
December 5, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
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