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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215052/predicting-pregnancy-outcomes-using-longitudinal-information-a-penalized-splines-mixed-effects-model-approach
#1
Rolando De la Cruz, Claudio Fuentes, Cristian Meza, Dae-Jin Lee, Ana Arribas-Gil
We propose a semiparametric nonlinear mixed-effects model (SNMM) using penalized splines to classify longitudinal data and improve the prediction of a binary outcome. The work is motivated by a study in which different hormone levels were measured during the early stages of pregnancy, and the challenge is using this information to predict normal versus abnormal pregnancy outcomes. The aim of this paper is to compare models and estimation strategies on the basis of alternative formulations of SNMMs depending on the characteristics of the data set under consideration...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215038/variable-selection-and-prediction-in-biased-samples-with-censored-outcomes
#2
Ying Wu, Richard J Cook
With the increasing availability of large prospective disease registries, scientists studying the course of chronic conditions often have access to multiple data sources, with each source generated based on its own entry conditions. The different entry conditions of the various registries may be explicitly based on the response process of interest, in which case the statistical analysis must recognize the unique truncation schemes. Moreover, intermittent assessment of individuals in the registries can lead to interval-censored times of interest...
February 18, 2017: Lifetime Data Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215005/effect-of-bite-openings-and-mandibular-protrusion-on-genioglossus-muscle-activity-in-healthy-adults-with-oral-appliance
#3
Jianlan Long, Toru Ogawa, Toshimi Ito, Michikazu Matsuda, Wei Li, Haiyang Yu, Keiichi Sasaki
Oral appliance (OA) can effectively treat obstructive sleep apnea; however, numerous types of oral appliances and designs are variable and the precise mechanisms behind differences in treatment outcomes are uncertain. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different degrees of mandibular position [4° of bite openings (BO): 2, 4, 8 and 12 mm; and protrusion (P): 0, 50%, MAX], for both the upright and supine positions: BO2 mm_P0%, BO4 mm_P0%, BO4 mm_P50%, BO4 mm_PMAX, BO8 mm_P0%, BO12 mm_P0%; with an OA on the: (1) activity of the genioglossus (GG) muscle by electromyogram, (2) inspiration by airflow sensor, and (3) recording mandibular movements (incisor and mandibular condyle point) in each position...
February 18, 2017: Odontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214980/sil2r-ratio-as-early-marker-for-response-in-hairy-cell-leukemia-and-the-prognostic-relevance-of-il28b-genotype-to-interferon-%C3%AE-therapy
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Stéphanie Jud, Jeroen S Goede, Oliver Senn, Katharina Spanaus, Markus G Manz, Rudolf Benz
Interferon-α (IFNα) was the first effective drug therapy for hairy cell leukemia (HCL). Nowadays, it is used as an alternative treatment in selected patients. Due to unlimited treatment time, monitoring and early prediction of response are important. Moreover, IFNα is used in the therapy of chronic hepatitis C, where a single nucleotide polymorphism of interleukin-28B gene (IL28B) correlates with therapy response. The role of this polymorphism in therapy response of IFNα-treated patients with HCL is unknown...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214968/piloting-the-use-of-patient-specific-cardiac-models-as-a-novel-tool-to-facilitate-communication-during-cinical-consultations
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Giovanni Biglino, Despina Koniordou, Marisa Gasparini, Claudio Capelli, Lindsay-Kay Leaver, Sachin Khambadkone, Silvia Schievano, Andrew M Taylor, Jo Wray
This pilot study aimed to assess the impact of using patient-specific three-dimensional (3D) models of congenital heart disease (CHD) during consultations with adolescent patients. Adolescent CHD patients (n = 20, age 15-18 years, 15 male) were asked to complete two questionnaires during a cardiology transition clinic at a specialist centre. The first questionnaire was completed just before routine consultation with the cardiologist, the second just after the consultation. During the consultation, each patient was presented with a 3D full heart model realised from their medical imaging data...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214955/ranibizumab-versus-aflibercept-for-macular-edema-due-to-central-retinal-vein-occlusion-18-month-results-in-real-life-data
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Irini Chatziralli, George Theodossiadis, Marilita M Moschos, Panagiotis Mitropoulos, Panagiotis Theodossiadis
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to compare the anatomical and functional outcomes of ranibizumab versus aflibercept for the treatment of macular edema due to central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) in routine clinical practice. METHODS: Participants in this observational study included 62 treatment-naïve patients with CRVO who received intravitreal injections of either ranibizumab or aflibercept. The demographic data, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) characteristics were evaluated at baseline and at months 1, 2, 3, 6, 12 and 18 post-treatment...
February 18, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214924/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-who-started-biosimilar-infliximab
#7
Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Soo-Kyung Cho, Dam Kim, Soyoung Won, Chan-Bum Choi, So-Young Bang, Seung-Jae Hong, Hyoun Ah Kim, Eun-Mi Koh, Hye-Soon Lee, Chang-Hee Suh, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Sang-Cheol Bae
To compare the characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients receiving either biosimilar or originator infliximab and to identify the effectiveness and safety of biosimilar infliximab in RA patients in real-world practice. RA patients who started either biosimilar or originator infliximab were selected using the prospective biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) registry: BIOlogics Pharmacoepidemiologic StudY (BIOPSY). Baseline characteristics of the two groups were compared, and short-term treatment outcomes, including DAS28-ESR and HAQ-DI scores, were compared after initiation of biosimilar or originator infliximab...
February 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214921/vitamin-d-administration-during-pregnancy-as-prevention-for-pregnancy-neonatal-and-postnatal-complications
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REVIEW
Carol L Wagner, Bruce W Hollis, Kalliopi Kotsa, Hana Fakhoury, Spyridon N Karras
Pregnancy represents a time of rapid bodily change, which includes physical proportions, physiology and responsibility. At this context, maternal vitamin D stores have been the objective of extensive scientific research during the last decades, focusing on their potential effects on maternal an neonatal health. A growing body of observational studies indicated that maternal hypovitaminosis D (as defined by maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels <20 ng/ml or <50 nmol/l) is a significant risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes including asthma, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders...
February 18, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214915/evaluation-of-the-gard-assay-in-a-blind-cosmetics-europe-study
#9
Henrik Johansson, Robin Gradin, Andy Forreryd, Maria Agemark, Kathrin Zeller, Angelica Johansson, Olivia Larne, Erwin van Vliet, Carl Borrebaeck, Malin Lindstedt
Chemical hypersensitivity is an immunological response towards foreign substances, commonly referred to as sensitizers, which gives rise primarily to the clinical symptoms known as allergic contact dermatitis. For the purpose of mitigating risks associated with consumer products, chemicals are screened for sensitizing effects. Historically, such predictive screenings have been performed using animal models. However, due to industrial and regulatory demand, animal models for the purpose of sensitization assessment are being replaced by animal-free testing methods, a global trend that is spreading across industries and market segments...
February 17, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214903/risks-and-benefits-of-multimodal-esophageal-cancer-treatments-a-meta-analysis
#10
Lei Sun, Fen Zhao, Yan Zeng, Cheng Yi
BACKGROUND Esophageal cancer has traditionally been associated with very poor outcomes. A number of therapies are available for the treatment and palliation of esophageal cancer, but little systematic evidence compares the efficacy of different treatment strategies. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate whether treatments in addition to radiotherapy could provide better efficacy and safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS We identified a total of 12 eligible studies with 18 study arms by searching PubMed, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials...
February 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214902/impact-of-renal-disease-on-patients-with-hepatitis-c-a-retrospective-analysis-of-disease-burden-clinical-outcomes-and-health-care-utilization-and-cost
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Craig A Solid, Senaka A Peter, Tanya Natwick, Haifeng Guo, Allan J Collins, Jean Marie Arduino
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Few studies explore the magnitude of the disease burden and health care utilization imposed by renal disease among patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). We aimed to describe the characteristics, outcomes, and health care utilization and costs of patients with HCV with and without renal impairment. METHODS: This retrospective analysis used 2 administrative claims databases: the US commercially insured population in Truven Health MarketScan® data (aged 20-64 years), and the US Medicare fee-for-service population in the Medicare 20% sample (aged ≥65 years)...
February 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214832/the-burden-of-respiratory-disease-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-changes-in-perinatal-care-and-outcomes-in-a-decade-in-spain
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Fermín García-Muñoz Rodrigo, Antonio Losada Martínez, María Dolores Elorza Fernández, Julio Moreno Hernando, Josep Figueras Aloy, Máximo Vento Torres
BACKGROUND: Advances in perinatal care have led to a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality among very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants. Much of this progress is related to the prevention and management of respiratory disease. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate changes in perinatal care and its influence on respiratory morbidity and mortality among VLBW infants in Spain in 2 consecutive periods (2002-2006 and 2007-2011). METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of data prospectively collected of all VLBW infants included in the Spanish SEN1500 network...
February 18, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214798/intensive-blood-pressure-lowering-in-patients-with-acute-intracerebral-haemorrhage-clinical-outcomes-and-haemorrhage-expansion-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-trials
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Gregoire Boulouis, Andrea Morotti, Joshua N Goldstein, Andreas Charidimou
INTRODUCTION: It is unclear whether intensive lowering of blood pressure (BP) at the acute phase of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is beneficial. We performed a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to assess whether intensive BP lowering in patients with acute ICH is safe and effective in improving clinical outcomes. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE and the Cochrane databases for relevant RCTs and calculated pooled OR for 3-month mortality (safety outcome) and 3-month death or dependency (modified Rankin Scale (mRs) ≥3;efficacy outcome), in patients with acute ICH randomised to either intensive BP-lowering or standard BP-lowering treatment protocols...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214795/pre-implantation-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty-and-clinical-outcomes-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-propensity-score-analysis-of-the-uk-registry
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Glen P Martin, Matthew Sperrin, Rodrigo Bagur, Mark A de Belder, Iain Buchan, Mark Gunning, Peter F Ludman, Mamas A Mamas
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve predilation with balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) is recommended before transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), despite limited data around the requirement of this preprocedural step and the potential risks of embolization. This study aimed to investigate the trends in practice and associations of BAV on short-term outcomes in the UK TAVI registry. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eleven clinical endpoints were investigated, including 30-day mortality, myocardial infarction, aortic regurgitation, valve dysfunction, and composite early safety...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214781/cannabis-use-and-the-course-and-outcome-of-major-depressive-disorder-a-population-based-longitudinal-study
#15
Daniel Feingold, Jürgen Rehm, Shaul Lev-Ran
Cannabis use has been reported to affect the course of various psychiatric disorders, however its effect on the course of major depressive disorder (MDD) is not yet clear. We used data from Wave 1 and Wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Individuals with baseline MDD (N=2,348) were included in the study. Cannabis users without a Cannabis Use Disorder (CUDs) and individuals with a CUD were compared to nonusers using linear and logistic regression analyses controlling for sociodemographics, psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders at baseline...
February 12, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214772/i-could-have-done-otherwise-availability-of-counterfactual-comparisons-informs-the-sense-of-agency
#16
Eugenia Kulakova, Nima Khalighinejad, Patrick Haggard
Personal control and agency are closely associated with the counterfactual notion that a person could have done otherwise (CDO). In both philosophy and law, this counterfactual evaluation determines responsibility and punishment, yet little is known about its influence on agents' experience during action. We used a risky decision-making task to study how counterfactual evaluations influenced participants' sense of agency. Two factors were manipulated independently: the presence/absence of counterfactual comparisons between actions and the presence/absence of counterfactual comparisons between outcomes of these actions...
February 16, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214760/genotyping-analysis-of-protein-s-tokushima-k196e-and-the-involvement-of-protein-s-antigen-and-activity-in-patients-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
#17
Yasushi Matsukawa, Eriko Asano, Tomohide Tsuda, Hiroyuki Kuma, Tamao Kitaori, Kinue Katano, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara
OBJECTIVE: Preston et al. indicated that Protein S (PS) deficiency was associated with stillbirths but not miscarriages. The PS-Tokushima missense variant was reported to serve as a genetic risk factor for deep vein thrombosis in the Japanese population. A previous cross-sectional study showed no increase in the prevalence of PS-Tokushima in patients with recurrent early pregnancy loss or in patients with intra uterine fetal death and/or fetal growth restriction. There has been limited number of prospective studies examining the pregnancy outcome in patients with both a PS deficiency and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214736/breaking-the-population-barrier-by-single-cell-analysis-one-host-against-one-pathogen
#18
REVIEW
Erez Mills, Roi Avraham
Most of our understanding of the host-bacterium interaction has come from studies of bulk populations. In reality, highly adaptable and dynamic host cells and bacteria engage in complex, diverse interactions. This complexity necessarily limits the depth of understanding that can be gained with bulk population measurements. Here, we will review the merit of single cell analysis to characterize this diversity that can trigger heterogeneous outcomes. We will discuss heterogeneity of bacterial and host populations, differences in host microenvironments, technological advances that facilitate the analysis of rare subpopulations, and the potential relevance of these subpopulations to infection outcomes...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214726/job-satisfaction-developmental-trajectories-and-health-a-life-course-perspective
#19
Jonathan Dirlam, Hui Zheng
Understanding the health consequence of job dissatisfaction becomes increasingly important because job insecurity, stress and dissatisfaction have significantly increased in the United States in the last decade. Despite the extensive work in this area, prior studies nonetheless may underestimate the harmful effect of job dissatisfaction due to the cross-sectional nature of their data and sample selection bias. This study applies a life-course approach to more comprehensively examine the relationship between job satisfaction and health...
January 24, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214722/when-high-pressure-system-constraints-and-a-social-justice-mission-collide-a-socio-structural-analysis-of-emergency-department-social-work-services
#20
Megan Moore, Margaret Cristofalo, Danae Dotolo, Nicole Torres, Alexandra Lahdya, Leyna Ho, Mia Vogel, Mollie Forrester, Bonnie Conley, Susan Fouts
The emergency department (ED) can be a critical intervention point for many patients with multifaceted needs. Social workers have long been part of interdisciplinary ED teams. This study aimed to contribute to the limited understanding of social worker-patient interactions and factors influencing social work services in this setting. This paper reports a qualitative content analysis of social work medical record notes (N = 1509) of services provided to trauma patients in an urban, public, level 1 trauma center and an in-depth analysis of semi-structured interviews with ED social workers (N = 10)...
February 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
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