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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150824/legislation-of-direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-in-europe-a-fragmented-regulatory-landscape
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L Kalokairinou, H C Howard, S Slokenberga, E Fisher, M Flatscher-Thöni, M Hartlev, R van Hellemondt, J Juškevičius, J Kapelenska-Pregowska, P Kováč, L Lovrečić, H Nys, A de Paor, A Phillips, L Prudil, E Rial-Sebbag, C M Romeo Casabona, J Sándor, A Schuster, S Soini, K H Søvig, D Stoffel, T Titma, T Trokanas, P Borry
Despite the increasing availability of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, it is currently unclear how such services are regulated in Europe, due to the lack of EU or national legislation specifically addressing this issue. In this article, we provide an overview of laws that could potentially impact the regulation of DTC genetic testing in 26 European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150782/nitrous-oxide-added-at-the-end-of-isoflurane-anesthesia-hastens-early-recovery-without-increasing-the-risk-for-postoperative-nausea-and-vomiting-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Boris Mraovic, Tatjana Simurina, Tong J Gan
BACKGROUND: Nitrous oxide (N2O) has been reported to increase the risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in a dose-dependent manner. We investigated the effect of adding N2O at the end of isoflurane inhalational anesthesia on the recovery and incidence of PONV. Our hypothesis was that N2O would reduce the time to early recovery without increasing the incidence of PONV. METHODS: After obtaining ethics committee approval and written informed consent, 100 women at American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I-III and scheduled for laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy were randomized into two groups (G) according to the carrier gas: GO2 (air in 30% oxygen) and GN2O (the same mixture until the last 30 min of surgery, when 70% N2O in 30% oxygen was used)...
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147616/mrna-expression-levels-of-genes-involved-in-antitumor-immunity-identification-of-a-3-gene-signature-associated-with-prognosis-of-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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Constance Le Goux, Sophie Vacher, Géraldine Pignot, Mathilde Sibony, Nicolas Barry Delongchamps, Benoit Terris, Eliane Piaggio, Marc Zerbib, Diane Damotte, Ivan Bieche
Immunotherapy for bladder cancer has given promising results. Here we aimed to evaluate the possible involvement and prognostic value of 33 genes involved in the immune response during bladder carcinogenesis. Expression levels were assessed by quantitative real-time RT-PCR in normal and tumor human bladder samples. Immunohistochemistry was performed to evaluate the protein expression of 2 genes and relation of the mRNA and protein levels was analyzed. Tumors were obtained from 154 patients (83 with muscle-invasive bladder cancer [MIBC] and 71 non-MIBC [NMIBC]) who underwent transurethral bladder resection or radical cystectomy between 2002 and 2006...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146439/risk-stratification-after-paracetamol-overdose-using-mechanistic-biomarkers-results-from-two-prospective-cohort-studies
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James W Dear, Joanna I Clarke, Ben Francis, Lowri Allen, Jonathan Wraight, Jasmine Shen, Paul I Dargan, David Wood, Jamie Cooper, Simon H L Thomas, Andrea L Jorgensen, Munir Pirmohamed, B Kevin Park, Daniel J Antoine
BACKGROUND: Paracetamol overdose is common but patient stratification is suboptimal. We investigated the usefulness of new biomarkers that have either enhanced liver specificity (microRNA-122 [miR-122]) or provide mechanistic insights (keratin-18 [K18], high mobility group box-1 [HMGB1], and glutamate dehydrogenase [GLDH]). The use of these biomarkers could help stratify patients for their risk of liver injury at hospital presentation. METHODS: Using data from two prospective cohort studies, we assessed the potential for biomarkers to stratify patients who overdose with paracetamol...
November 13, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146391/small-diameter-hysteroscopic-metroplasty-for-a-septate-uterus-after-open-assisted-laparoscopic-radical-trachelectomy
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Akimasa Takahashi, Hiroyuki Kanao, Nobuhiro Takeshima
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe a two-step fertility preservation technique for early-stage cervical cancer of a patient with a complete septate uterus. DESIGN: A step-by-step demonstration and explanation of the technique in a surgical video (Canadian Task Force Classification III). SETTING: Center for cancer, a tertiary referral center. The patient provided informed consent to use images and videos of the procedure. Institutional Review Board approval was not required for this kind of procedure...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145894/inositol-in-the-management-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-imagen-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Sophie E Rowbotham, Jenna L Pinchbeck, Georgina Anderson, Bernie Bourke, Michael Bourke, T Christian Gasser, Rene Jaeggi, Jason S Jenkins, Corey S Moran, Susan K Morton, Christopher M Reid, Ramesh Velu, Lisan Yip, Joseph V Moxon, Jonathan Golledge
BACKGROUND: An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a focal dilation of the abdominal aorta and is associated with a risk of fatal rupture. Experimental studies suggest that myo-inositol may exert beneficial effects on AAAs through favourable changes to biological pathways implicated in AAA pathology. The aim of the Inositol in the MAnaGemENt of abdominal aortic aneurysm (IMAGEN) trial is to assess if myo-inositol will reduce AAA growth. METHODS/DESIGN: IMAGEN is a multi-centre, prospective, parallel-group, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial...
November 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145863/assessing-quality-of-maternity-care-in-hungary-expert-validation-and-testing-of-the-mother-centered-prenatal-care-mcpc-survey-instrument
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Nicholas Rubashkin, Imre Szebik, Petra Baji, Zsuzsa Szántó, Éva Susánszky, Saraswathi Vedam
BACKGROUND: Instruments to assess quality of maternity care in Central and Eastern European (CEE) region are scarce, despite reports of poor doctor-patient communication, non-evidence-based care, and informal cash payments. We validated and tested an online questionnaire to study maternity care experiences among Hungarian women. METHODS: Following literature review, we collated validated items and scales from two previous English-language surveys and adapted them to the Hungarian context...
November 16, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145725/effectiveness-of-3d-printed-models-in-obtaining-informed-consent-to-complex-aortic-surgery-in-25-patients
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Enrico M Marone, Luigi F Rinaldi, Andrea Pietrabissa, Angelo Argenteri
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November 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145282/autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-combined-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
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Yingjing Shen, Chenggang Xu
INTRODUCTION: This report describes the novel sampling of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) combined with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). SYMPTOMS AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: A 48-year-old Chinese man presented with anasarca, hypourocrinia, gross hematuria, and weight gain by 10 kg subsequently developed acute kidney injury after struck by acute respiratory distress syndrome, really a threat to his heart. DIAGNOSES: Abdominal ultrasound revealed multiple small cysts in both kidneys, with the right kidney measuring 11...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142838/preoperative-information-for-thyroid-surgery
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Vaninder K Dhillon, Jonathon O Russell, Mai G Al Khadem, Ralph P Tufano
The preoperative information necessary to communicate to the patient to obtain informed consent in thyroid surgery is not detailed in length in the current medical literature. Advances in technology and the advent of remote access approaches in thyroid surgery have increased the need for a detailed communication of risks, benefits and alternatives to achieve an informed consent. In this review article, we outline the indications for thyroid surgery, risks of thyroid surgery, different approaches to thyroidectomy, and possible consequences of using advanced technology using intraoperative nerve monitoring (IONM) as an example...
October 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142561/feto-maternal-outcomes-and-glycemic-control-in-metformin-versus-insulin-treated-gestational-diabetics
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Rabia Arshad, Samia Khanam, Fuad Shaikh, Nasim Karim
Objective: To evaluate and compare feto-maternal outcomes and glycemic control in metformin versus insulin treated gestational diabetics. Methods: The study was conducted in 2010- 2012 as a part of M. Phil at Civil hospital, Lyari General Hospital and Mamji Hospital in Karachi. After written informed consent, 71 GDM diagnosed females with WHO criteria were enrolled. They were divided into two groups. Group-A, 32 females were given oral metformin 500 mg TDS while Group-B, 39 females were given insulin 0...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141441/correlation-between-heart-size-and-emphysema-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-ct-based-analysis-using-inspiratory-and-expiratory-scans
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Hayato Tomita, Tsuneo Yamashiro, Shin Matsuoka, Shoichiro Matsushita, Yasuo Nakajima
The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between the extent of emphysema and heart size in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using inspiratory and expiratory chest computed tomography (CT). This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board and informed consent was waived. We measured lung volume (LV), low attenuation area percent (%LAA; less than or equal to -950 HU), maximum cardiac area, and maximum transverse cardiac diameter on inspiratory/expiratory chest CT in 60 patients with COPD...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140833/immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient-with-a-rare-subtype-of-melanoma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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James C Kuo, Leslie B Lilly, David Hogg
Immunotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) may be considered as a treatment option for various types of tumors, but the transplant recipient population as well as patients requiring long-term systemic immunosuppression for other reasons have been systematically excluded from clinical trials involving ICIs. We report a case of successful treatment with ICI in a liver transplant recipient diagnosed with a rare subtype of melanoma. This patient had not required any modification to her antirejection immunosuppression before or during immunotherapy, had not experienced any serious immune-related adverse event, and had a durable objective response for nearly 1...
November 14, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138841/enhanced-activated-t%C3%A2-cell-subsets-in-prostate-cancer-patients-receiving-iodine-125-low-dose-rate-prostate-brachytherapy
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Makoto Kubo, Takefumi Satoh, Hiromichi Ishiyama, Ken-Ichi Tabata, Hideyasu Tsumura, Shoko Komori, Masatsugu Iwamura, Shiro Baba, Kazushige Hayakawa, Toshihiko Kawamura, Fumiya Obata
Radiotherapy (RT) is one of the most important treatments for prostate cancer. Although RT can kill cancer cells through direct and indirect effects of radiation, it occasionally induces an abscopal effect whereby localized radiation treatment is associated with elimination of metastatic cancer at a distance from the irradiated area. Thus, RT may induce an effective antitumor immune response, although the mechanism involved has remained unclear. The present was designed to evaluate this effect of RT in 36 patients with prostate cancer who provided informed consent prior to enrollment in this clinical trial...
November 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137583/the-effect-of-intensive-care-unit-admission-on-smokers-attitudes-and-their-likelihood-of-quitting-smoking
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C M Polmear, H Nathan, S Bates, C French, J Odisho, E Skinner, A Karahalios, F McGain
We sought to estimate the proportion of patients admitted to a metropolitan intensive care unit (ICU) who were current smokers, and the relationships between ICU survivors who smoked and smoking cessation and/or reduction six months post-ICU discharge. We conducted a prospective cohort study at a metropolitan level III ICU in Melbourne, Victoria. One hundred consecutive patients who met the inclusion criteria were included in the study. Inclusion criteria consisted of patients who were smokers at time of ICU admission, had an ICU length of stay greater than one day, survived to ICU discharge, and provided written informed consent...
November 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137071/a-comparative-study-of-biological-and-metabolic-biomarkers-between-healthy-individuals-and-patients-with-acne-vulgaris-a-cross-sectional-study-protocol
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Kyuseok Kim, Injin Ha, Eunok Kim, Kyunglee Kim
Acne is a multifactorial dermatosis, which is influenced not only by hormones but also by the biochemical relationship between them and the pilosebaceous unit. Inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, active oxygen, and zinc are known to be associated with the development of acne. Further, steroid metabolism is known as one of the important factors related to sebum secretion and comedone formation in acne. However, there is a lack of studies comparing these human biomarkers between healthy individuals and patients with acne...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136626/comparison-of-visual-inspection-with-acetic-acid-and-the-pap-smear-for-cervical-cancer-screening
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Parul Sinha, Pritika Srivastava, Anand Srivastava
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) in the early detection of cervical cancer and compare it with the Pap smear. STUDY DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study conducted over a period of 3 months. A total of 316 patients who attended the Gynecology Outpatient Department of Era's Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, fulfilled the inclusion criteria, and gave their informed consent were included. RESULTS: VIA was found positive in 38 patients (12...
November 15, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136575/the-correlation-between-concentrations-of-zolpidem-and-benzodiazepines-in-segmental-hair-samples-and-use-patterns
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Hyojeong Kim, Sangeun Lee, Sanghwan In, Meejung Park, Sungnam Cho, Junguk Shin, Hunjoo Lee, Eunyoung Han
The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between histories of zolpidem and benzodiazepines use and their concentrations in hair as determined by segmental hair analysis, that is, by analyzing hair samples taken 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6cm etc. and 0-3cm from the scalp, and whole hair. Of the 23 hair samples examined, 18 were collected from patients in a rehabilitation program and five were from patients that had taken zolpidem only once by prescription. All 23 patients provided written informed consent after reviewing the research plan, described their zolpidem and benzodiazepines use histories accurately, and provided hair samples, which were weighed, washed, cut into lengths of <1mm, and extracted in 100% methanol for 16h (diazepam-d5 was used as an internal standard)...
November 7, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135660/preferably-not-my-surgery-a-survey-of-patient-and-family-member-comfort-with-concurrent-and-overlapping-surgeries
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Jonathan P Edgington, Michael E Petravick, Olumuyiwa A Idowu, Michael J Lee, Lewis L Shi
BACKGROUND: Concurrent and overlapping surgical procedures are a timely topic. The 2 largest publications on the topic were limited to a journalistic overview and a government committee report. Since then, a recent survey of paid individuals found that they disapprove of overlapping surgical procedures in many cases. Still, we are aware of no work that specifically polled patients and their family members about their beliefs on concurrent and overlapping surgical procedures. We hypothesized that patients and family members will be uncomfortable with 1 surgeon performing overlapping or concurrent surgical procedures...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135581/high-rates-of-hypertension-diabetes-elevated-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-in-hiv-infected-patients-results-from-a-cross-sectional-survey-in-malawi
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Sekai C Mathabire Rücker, Alia Tayea, Joseph Bitilinyu-Bangoh, Elkin H Bermúdez-Aza, Leon Salumu, Isabel A Quiles, Elisabeth Szumilin, Zengani Chirwa, Fernanda Rick, David Maman
OBJECTIVES: Data on cardiovascular disease risks among HIV-infected patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) over long periods of time are lacking in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Chiradzulu, Malawi from December 2015 to June 2016. HIV-infected persons on ART for more than 10 years (patients) and HIV-negative individuals (controls) from selected clinics participated. Following informed consent, a standardized questionnaire, clinical and laboratory examinations were performed...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
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