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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351090/an-increase-in-normal-sua-level-within-the-normal-range-predicts-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-especially-in-women-a-cross-sectional-study
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Qian Li, Jing Lu, Xi Cao, Ting-Ting Shi, Jian-Ping Feng, Jin-Kui Yang
This study was aimed to evaluate the relationship between normal serum uric acid (SUA) level and metabolic syndrome (MetS) risk. This cross-sectional study involved 1914 subjects with MetS and 3 659 healthy controls aged 18-79 years. All participants filled out questionnaires and underwent physical examination and blood sample collection for biochemical examination. Demographic and clinical characteristics data were analyzed by t-test or chi-squared test. Normal SUA levels were divided into quartiles. Associations between quartiles of normal SUA level and the risk of MetS were explored using logistic regression analysis and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351062/using-national-health-care-databases-and-problem-based-practice-analysis-to-inform-integrated-curriculum-development
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Amy J Baker, Mark R Raymond, Steven A Haist, John R Boulet
One challenge when implementing case-based learning, and other approaches to contextualized learning, is determining which clinical problems to include. This article illustrates how health care utilization data, readily available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), can be incorporated into an educational needs assessment to identify medical problems physicians are likely to encounter in clinical practice. The NCHS survey data summarize patient demographics, diagnoses, and interventions for tens of thousands of patients seen in various settings, including emergency departments (EDs), clinics, and hospitals...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351060/blood-pressure-variability-in-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-data-from-4-randomised-controlled-cpap-withdrawal-trials
#3
Franziska Lettau, Esther I Schwarz, John R Stradling, Malcolm Kohler
BACKGROUND: Increased daytime blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular risk. Preliminary data suggest that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) might contribute to increased daytime BPV. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy withdrawal on daytime BPV. METHODS: A total of 183 patients previously diagnosed with OSA and treated with CPAP were randomised to either continue or withdraw from CPAP within 4 trials...
March 29, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351019/online-microdialysis-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-for-comparative-pharmacokinetic-investigation-on-iridoids-from-gardenia-jasminoides-ellis-in-rats-with-different-progressions-of-type-2-diabetic-complications
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Xueju Zhang, Lu Wang, Zhong Zheng, Zifeng Pi, Zhiqiang Liu, Fengrui Song
Iridoid glycosides consist the main bioactive constituents of Gardenia jasminoides Ellis (G. jasminoides), which is used alone or in combination with other medicine herbs for treatment of diabetes mellitus in China. This paper investigated for the first time comparative pharmacokinetics (PKs) of four unbound iridoids (including genipin, geniposide, gardenoside and geniposidic acid) in rat blood between healthy and type 2 diabetic groups with different disease progressions (9 or 13 weeks). Online microdialysis-ultra performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (MD- UPLC-MS/MS) method was used after oral administration of iridoid extracts obtained from the fruits of G...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350996/quality-measures-of-the-population-based-finnish-cancer-registry-indicate-sound-data-quality-for-solid-malignant-tumours
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Maarit K Leinonen, Joonas Miettinen, Sanna Heikkinen, Janne Pitkäniemi, Nea Malila
BACKGROUND: The Finnish Cancer Registry (FCR) has collected population-based data on cancer incidence for scientific research and statistical purposes since 1953. Our aim was to provide a comprehensive quality assessment of the current cancer registry data in Finland. METHODS: We used established quantitative and semi-quantitative techniques to address four main dimensions of data quality: completeness, comparability, validity and timeliness for the period 1953-2013, with a special focus on cancers diagnosed in 2009-2013...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350973/is-it-really-useful-the-harmonic-scalpel-in-axillary-dissection-for-locally-advanced-breast-cancer-a-case-series
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G Militello, P De Marco, N Falco, K Kabhuli, A Mascolino, L Licari, R Tutino, G Cocorullo, G Gulotta
BACKGROUND: The seroma is one of the most common complications in the axillary lymph nodal dissection (different surgical approaches have been tried to reduce the seroma incidence). In our study we evaluate the outcome of patients using or not the ultrasonic scalpel (Harmonic scalpel) according to a standardized surgical technique. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015 120 patients underwent axillary dissection for breast cancer. Patients were divided in two groups: patients belonging to the first group underwent Harmonic scalpel dissection and patients belonging to the second group underwent classical dissection...
November 2016: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350971/early-discharge-after-total-thyroidectomy-a-retrospective-feasibility-study
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F Tartaglia, A Giuliani, S Sorrenti, L Tromba, S Carbotta, A Maturo, G Carbotta, L De Anna, R Merola, G Livadoti, F Pelle, S Ulisse
AIM: The continued hospitalization after total thyroidectomy is often due to the onset of hypocalcemic complications more than 24 hours after surgery. So it would be important to predict which patients will not develop the hypocalcemic complication to discharge them early. This was the aim of our study. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our retrospective study was conducted on 327 consecutive thyroidectomized patients, operated on for benign and malignant diseases. We evaluated the values of preoperative serum calcium levels (Cal0) and of the first postoperative day (Cal1) and two new variables were calculated (dCal and dCaln)...
November 2016: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350954/integrating-drug-s-mode-of-action-into-quantitative-structure-activity-relationships-for-improved-prediction-of-drug-induced-liver-injury
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Leihong Wu, Zhichao Liu, Scott S Auerbach, Ruili Huang, Minjun Chen, Kristin McEuen, Joshua Zhihua Xu, Hong Fang, Weida Tong
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is complex in mechanism. Different drugs could undergo different mechanisms but result in the same DILI type while the same drug could lead to different DILI types via different mechanisms. Therefore, predicting a drug's potential for DILI should take its underlying mechanisms into consideration. To achieve that, we constructed a novel approach by incorporating drug's Mode of Action (MOA) into Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) modeling. This MOA-DILI approach was examined using a dataset of 333 drugs...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350949/state-of-the-art-in-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-an-update-on-current-clinical-evidence
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Jefferson R Wilson, Lindsay A Tetreault, Jun Kim, Mohammed F Shamji, James S Harrop, Thomas Mroz, Samuel Cho, Michael G Fehlings
Degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) is a common cause of spinal cord dysfunction that confronts clinicians on a daily basis. Research performed over the past few decades has provided improved insight into the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of this disorder. We aim to provide clinicians with an update regarding the state of the art in DCM, focusing on more recent research pertaining to pathophysiology, natural history, treatment, consideration of the minimally symptomatic patient, surgical outcome prediction, and outcome measurement...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350928/effect-of-total-laparoscopic-hysterectomy-vs-total-abdominal-hysterectomy-on-disease-free-survival-among-women-with-stage-i-endometrial-cancer-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Monika Janda, Val Gebski, Lucy C Davies, Peta Forder, Alison Brand, Russell Hogg, Thomas W Jobling, Russell Land, Tom Manolitsas, Marcelo Nascimento, Deborah Neesham, James L Nicklin, Martin K Oehler, Geoff Otton, Lewis Perrin, Stuart Salfinger, Ian Hammond, Yee Leung, Peter Sykes, Hextan Ngan, Andrea Garrett, Michael Laney, Tong Yow Ng, Karfai Tam, Karen Chan, C David Wrede, Selvan Pather, Bryony Simcock, Rhonda Farrell, Gregory Robertson, Graeme Walker, Nigel R Armfield, Nick Graves, Anthony J McCartney, Andreas Obermair
Importance: Standard treatment for endometrial cancer involves removal of the uterus, tubes, ovaries, and lymph nodes. Few randomized trials have compared disease-free survival outcomes for surgical approaches. Objective: To investigate whether total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) is equivalent to total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) in women with treatment-naive endometrial cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Laparoscopic Approach to Cancer of the Endometrium (LACE) trial was a multinational, randomized equivalence trial conducted between October 7, 2005, and June 30, 2010, in which 27 surgeons from 20 tertiary gynecological cancer centers in Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong randomized 760 women with stage I endometrioid endometrial cancer to either TLH or TAH...
March 28, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350927/association-of-childhood-blood-lead-levels-with-cognitive-function-and-socioeconomic-status-at-age-38-years-and-with-iq-change-and-socioeconomic-mobility-between-childhood-and-adulthood
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Aaron Reuben, Avshalom Caspi, Daniel W Belsky, Jonathan Broadbent, Honalee Harrington, Karen Sugden, Renate M Houts, Sandhya Ramrakha, Richie Poulton, Terrie E Moffitt
Importance: Many children in the United States and around the world are exposed to lead, a developmental neurotoxin. The long-term cognitive and socioeconomic consequences of lead exposure are uncertain. Objective: To test the hypothesis that childhood lead exposure is associated with cognitive function and socioeconomic status in adulthood and with changes in IQ and socioeconomic mobility between childhood and midlife. Design, Setting, and Participants: A prospective cohort study based on a population-representative 1972-1973 birth cohort from New Zealand; the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study observed participants to age 38 years (until December 2012)...
March 28, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350899/fundamentals-and-catalytic-innovation-the-statistical-and-data-management-center-of-the-antibacterial-resistance-leadership-group
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Jacqueline Huvane, Lauren Komarow, Carol Hill, Thuy Tien T Tran, Carol Pereira, Susan L Rosenkranz, Matt Finnemeyer, Michelle Earley, Hongyu Jeanne Jiang, Rui Wang, Judith Lok, Scott R Evans
The Statistical and Data Management Center (SDMC) provides the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) with statistical and data management expertise to advance the ARLG research agenda. The SDMC is active at all stages of a study, including design; data collection and monitoring; data analyses and archival; and publication of study results. The SDMC enhances the scientific integrity of ARLG studies through the development and implementation of innovative and practical statistical methodologies and by educating research colleagues regarding the application of clinical trial fundamentals...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350898/leading-antibacterial-laboratory-research-by-integrating-conventional-and-innovative-approaches-the-laboratory-center-of-the-antibacterial-resistance-leadership-group
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Claudia Manca, Carol Hill, Andrea M Hujer, Robin Patel, Scott R Evans, Robert A Bonomo, Barry N Kreiswirth
The Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) Laboratory Center (LC) leads the evaluation, development, and implementation of laboratory-based research by providing scientific leadership and supporting standard/specialized laboratory services. The LC has developed a physical biorepository and a virtual biorepository. The physical biorepository contains bacterial isolates from ARLG-funded studies located in a centralized laboratory and they are available to ARLG investigators. The Web-based virtual biorepository strain catalogue includes well-characterized gram-positive and gram-negative bacterial strains published by ARLG investigators...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350873/on-treatment-hbv-dna-dynamics-predict-virological-breakthrough-in-entecavir-treated-hbeag-positive-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Yi-Jie Huang, Chi-Sen Chang, Yen-Chun Peng, Hong-Zen Yeh, Sheng-Shun Yang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Virological breakthrough (VBT) could be a manifestation of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) in patients treated with long-term nucleot(s)ide analogues. We aimed to determine the association of on-treatment serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA with VBT in HBeAg-positive CHB patients receiving entecavir (ETV) treatment. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study, including 162 consecutive patients (95 men and 67 women; mean age, 43.1±13.4 years) with HBeAg-positive CHB treated with ETV for at least 48 weeks between August 2008 and May 2015, was conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350862/repeated-quantitative-measurements-of-de-novo-synthesis-of-albumin-and-fibrinogen
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Gabriel Dumitrescu, Andras Komaromi, Olav Rooyackers, Maria Klaude, Christina Hebert, Jan Wernerman, Åke Norberg
The possibility of using two different isotopomers, for the incorporation of isotopically labeled amino acids, was explored to enable longitudinal studies of de novo synthesis of two export liver proteins, albumin and fibrinogen. The agreement of the synthesis rates between the two different labels was evaluated along with the reproducibility of repeated experiments using different time intervals. Healthy volunteers were studied in a standardized fed state. Protocol A (n = 10) involved two measurements 48 hours apart...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350852/phylodynamics-on-local-sexual-contact-networks
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David A Rasmussen, Roger Kouyos, Huldrych F Günthard, Tanja Stadler
Phylodynamic models are widely used in infectious disease epidemiology to infer the dynamics and structure of pathogen populations. However, these models generally assume that individual hosts contact one another at random, ignoring the fact that many pathogens spread through highly structured contact networks. We present a new framework for phylodynamics on local contact networks based on pairwise epidemiological models that track the status of pairs of nodes in the network rather than just individuals. Shifting our focus from individuals to pairs leads naturally to coalescent models that describe how lineages move through networks and the rate at which lineages coalesce...
March 28, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350834/development-and-psychometric-testing-of-the-clinical-networks-engagement-tool
#17
Jill M Norris, Kent G Hecker, Leora Rabatach, Tom W Noseworthy, Deborah E White
BACKGROUND: Clinical networks are being used widely to facilitate large system transformation in healthcare, by engagement of stakeholders throughout the health system. However, there are no available instruments that measure engagement in these networks. METHODS: The study purpose was to develop and assess the measurement properties of a multiprofessional tool to measure engagement in clinical network initiatives. Based on components of the International Association of Public Participation Spectrum and expert panel review, we developed 40 items for testing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350833/a-fast-and-frugal-algorithm-to-strengthen-diagnosis-and-treatment-decisions-for-catheter-associated-bacteriuria
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Aanand D Naik, Felicia Skelton, Amber B Amspoker, Russell A Glasgow, Barbara W Trautner
OBJECTIVES: Guidelines for managing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and asymptomatic bacteria (ASB) are poorly translated into routine care due in part to cognitive diagnostic errors. This study determines if the accuracy for CAUTI and ASB diagnosis and treatment improves after implementation of a fast and frugal algorithm compared with traditional education methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pre and post-intervention with contemporaneous comparison site involving inpatient and long term care wards at two regional Veterans Affairs Systems in United States...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350810/risky-sexual-practice-and-associated-factors-among-hiv-positive-adults-attending-anti-retroviral-treatment-clinic-at-gondar-university-referral-hospital-northwest-ethiopia
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Abiyot Abeje Molla, Abebaw Addis Gelagay
INTRODUCTION: Risky sexual practice among people living with HIV/AIDS is a public health concern because of the risk of transmission of the virus to sero-discordant partner/s. There is also the risk of re-infection with new, drug resistant viral strains between sero-concordant partners. However, there is lack of information on risky sexual practices among HIV positive adults. Therefore, this study aimed to assess risky sexual practice and associated factors among adult HIV positive clients at Gondar University Referral Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350807/external-validation-and-comparison-of-two-variants-of-the-elixhauser-comorbidity-measures-for-all-cause-mortality
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Yannick Fortin, James A G Crispo, Deborah Cohen, Douglas S McNair, Donald R Mattison, Daniel Krewski
Assessing prevalent comorbidities is a common approach in health research for identifying clinical differences between individuals. The objective of this study was to validate and compare the predictive performance of two variants of the Elixhauser comorbidity measures (ECM) for inhospital mortality at index and at 1-year in the Cerner Health Facts® (HF) U.S. DATABASE: We estimated the prevalence of select comorbidities for individuals 18 to 89 years of age who received care at Cerner contributing health facilities between 2002 and 2011 using the AHRQ (version 3...
2017: PloS One
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