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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
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Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641394/reoperative-analysis-after-mitral-valve-repair-with-glutaraldehyde-treated-autologous-pericardium
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Naoto Fukunaga, Ryuzo Sakata, Tadaaki Koyama
OBJECTIVES: We reviewed reoperations following mitral valve repair (MVR) that used glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium for mitral regurgitation (MR) to analyse the durability and risk factors for reoperation. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 144 patients (mean age 57.9 years) who underwent MVR using glutaraldehyde-treated pericardium from March 1992 to December 2011. A total of 19 reoperations were necessary during the follow-up period (mean 6.9 years)...
June 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641390/racial-and-ethnic-disparities-in-the-incidence-of-esophageal-cancer-in-the-united-states-1992-2013
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Shao-Hua Xie, Sirus Rabbani, Jessica Petrick, Michael B Cook, Jesper Lagergren
Racial and ethnic disparities in the incidence of esophageal cancer have not been thoroughly characterized with quantitative health disparity measures. Using data from 13 cancer registries in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database, we assessed such disparities by histological type during 1992-2013 in the United States based on a variety of disparity metrics. The age-standardized incidence rate of squamous cell carcinoma was highest among blacks, while adenocarcinoma mainly affected white men...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641385/development-of-an-electronic-medical-record-based-child-physical-abuse-alert-system
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Rachel P Berger, Richard A Saladino, Janet Fromkin, Emily Heineman, Srinivasan Suresh, Tom McGinn
Objective: Physical abuse is a leading cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. Physicians do not consistently screen for abuse, even in high-risk situations. Alerts in the electronic medical record may help improve screening rates, resulting in early identification and improved outcomes. Methods: Triggers to identify children < 2 years old at risk for physical abuse were coded into the electronic medical record at a freestanding pediatric hospital with a level 1 trauma center...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641384/acute-testosterone-deficiency-alters-adipose-tissue-fatty-acid-storage
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Sylvia Santosa, Nikki C Bush, Michael D Jensen
Context: Although the long-term effects of testosterone on adipose tissue lipid metabolism in men have been defined, the short-term regulation of these effects is not well understood. Objective: We examined the effects of acute testosterone withdrawal on subcutaneous abdominal and femoral adipose tissue fatty acid (FA) storage and cellular mechanisms. Design: This was a prospective, randomized trial. Setting: Mayo Clinic Clinical Research Unit...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641381/supraventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-a-persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
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Jongmin Hwang, Hyoung-Seob Park, Jun Kim, Jeong Su Kim, Jong Sung Park, Ki-Hun Kim, Myung Hwan Bae, Sang-Hee Lee, Young Soo Lee, Seongwook Han, Dae-Kyeong Kim, Tae-Joon Cha, Dong Gu Shin, Byung Chun Jung, Yoon-Nyun Kim
Aims: A persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is the most common thoracic venous anomaly. This venous anomaly can impact the evaluation and treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVA). The aim of this study was to assess the proportion and characteristics of PLSVC in adult SVA patients. Methods and results: From July 2002 to July 2012, clinical and procedural data from databases of 10 cardiac electrophysiology laboratories in the Yeungnam region of the Republic of Korea were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641378/staff-perceptions-of-key-factors-guiding-nursing-home-search-and-selection-within-the-veterans-health-administration
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Edward Alan Miller, Stefanie Gidmark, Emily Gadbois, James L Rudolph, Orna Intrator
Background and Objectives: Veterans enter nursing homes (NHs) for short-term postacute, rehabilitation, respite, or end-of-life care. They also enter NHs on a long-term basis due to frailty, disability, functional deficits, and cognitive impairment. Little is known about how a particular NH is chosen once the decision to enter a NH has been made. This study identified VA staff perceptions of the key factors influencing the search and selection of NHs within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)...
June 21, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641376/height-weight-and-aerobic-fitnessin-relation-to-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Casey Crump, Jan Sundquist, Marilyn A Winkleby, Kristina Sundquist
Tall stature or obesity has been associated with higher risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), but reported effects of aerobic fitness have been conflicting. A national cohort study was conducted to examine interactions between height or weight and aerobic fitness among 1,547,478 Swedish military conscripts during 1969-1997 (97-98% of all 18-year-old males) in relation to AF identified from nationwide inpatient and outpatient diagnoses through 2012 (maximum age 62). Increased height, weight, or aerobic fitness (but not muscular strength) at age 18 was associated with higher AF risk in adulthood...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641374/intergenerational-socioeconomic-mobility-and-adult-depression-the-constances-study
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Maria Melchior, Abdelkrim Ziad, Emilie Courtin, Marcel Goldberg, Marie Zins, Judith van der Waerden
Socioeconomic mobility from childhood onwards may predict depression risk in adulthood. Using data from the nationally representative CONSTANCES study in France (2012-2014, n = 67,057), we assessed the relationship between intergenerational socioeconomic mobility and adult depression (Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale, > = 16 in men, > = 20 in women) and antidepressant use. Socioeconomic position was ascertained by occupational grade (childhood: maternal and paternal measures prior to age 15 years combined; adult: participant own)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641373/estimating-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-the-test-negative-design-using-alternative-control-groups-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shuo Feng, Benjamin J Cowling, Heath Kelly, Sheena G Sullivan
One important assumption in case-control studies is that control selection should be independent of exposure. Nevertheless, it has been hypothesized that virus interference might lead to a correlation between receipt of influenza vaccination and increased risk of infection with other respiratory viruses. We investigated if such a phenomenon might affect a commonly used study design to estimate influenza vaccination effectiveness (VE). We searched publications in Medline, PubMed and Web of Science. Twelve studies were identified reporting VE estimates using the test-negative design by three alternative control groups: (1) all patients testing negative for influenza, VEFLU-, (2) patients who tested positive for other respiratory viruses, VEORV+, or (3) patients who tested negative for all viruses tested, VEPAN-...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641372/comparison-of-sociodemographic-and-health-related-characteristics-of-uk-biobank-participants-with-the-general-population
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Anna Fry, Thomas J Littlejohns, Cathie Sudlow, Nicola Doherty, Ligia Adamska, Tim Sprosen, Rory Collins, Naomi E Allen
UK Biobank is a population-based cohort of 500,000 participants recruited between 2006 and 2010. Approximately 9.2 million individuals aged 40-69 years who lived within 25 miles of the 22 assessment centres in England, Wales and Scotland were invited, and 5.4% participated in the baseline assessment. The representativeness of the UK Biobank cohort was investigated by comparing demographic characteristics between non-responders and responders. Sociodemographic, physical, lifestyle and health-related characteristics of the cohort were compared with nationally representative data sources...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641369/markers-of-inflammation-and-incident-breast-cancer-risk-in-the-women-s-health-study
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Deirdre K Tobias, Akintunde O Akinkuolie, Paulette D Chandler, Patrick R Lawler, JoAnn E Manson, Julie E Buring, Paul M Ridker, Lu Wang, I-Min Lee, Samia Mora
Chronic inflammation may be a risk factor for breast cancer development and progression, yet which inflammatory biomarkers and pathways are relevant is unknown. The study included 27,071 Women's Health Study participants (mean, 54.5 years old) free of cancer and cardiovascular disease at enrollment (1992 to 1995) with baseline measures of four inflammatory biomarkers: high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), fibrinogen, N-acetyl side-chains of acute phase proteins (GlycA), and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1)...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641368/glomerular-hyperfiltration-in-obese-african-american-hypertensive-patients-is-associated-with-elevated-urinary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number
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Alfonso Eirin, Ahmed Saad, John R Woollard, Luis A Juncos, David A Calhoun, Hui Tang, Amir Lerman, Stephen C Textor, Lilach O Lerman
BACKGROUND: Glomerular hyperfiltration may contribute to the high incidence of renal disease in Obese African Americans essential hypertensive (ObAAEH) patients, but the precise mechanisms responsible for renal injury have not been elucidated. Mitochondria are important determinants of renal injury in hypertension, and increased levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the urine may indicate renal mitochondrial injury. We hypothesized that urine mtDNA copy numbers would be higher in ObAAEH compared to Caucasian essential hypertensive (CEH) patients...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641367/annual-crop-yield-variation-child-survival-and-nutrition-among-subsistence-farmers-in-burkina-faso
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Kristine Belesova, Antonio Gasparrini, Ali Sié, Rainer Sauerborn, Paul Wilkinson
Whether year to year variation in crop yields affects the nutrition, health, and survival of subsistence farming populations is relevant to the understanding of the potential impacts of climate change. However, the empirical evidence is limited. We examined the association of child survival with inter-annual variation in food crop yield and middle-upper arm circumference (MUAC) in a subsistence farming population of rural Burkina Faso. The study was of 44,616 children < 5 years of age included in the Nouna Health and Demographic Surveillance System, 1992-2012, whose survival was analysed in relation to the food crop yield in the year of birth (which ranged from 65% to 120% of the period average) and, for a subset of 16,698 children, to MUAC, using shared frailty Cox proportional hazards models...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641361/maternal-alcohol-use-disorder-and-risk-of-child-contact-with-the-justice-system-in-western-australia-a-population-cohort-record-linkage-study
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Katherine Hafekost, David Lawrence, Colleen O'Leary, Carol Bower, James Semmens, Stephen R Zubrick
BACKGROUND: Early contact with the justice system is associated with a multitude of negative outcomes across the life course. This includes an increased risk of ongoing justice contact, social disadvantage and marginalization, and mental health and substance use issues. Children whose mothers have an alcohol use disorder may be at risk of early justice system contact, and we sought to quantify this relationship in a Western Australian cohort. METHODS: This population cohort study made use of linked administrative data...
June 22, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641331/-surgical-treatment-of-pseudotumours-of-the-lung
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Zsolt Sziklavari, Annete Droste, Reiner Neu, Hans-Stefan Hofmann, Michael Ried
Introduction Pseudotumour of the lung is a collective term for various subentities. Some subgroups are considered to be intermediary malignant tumours. A pseudotumour is a rare condition, which makes it difficult to estimate its incidence and prevalence. Methods Retrospective analysis of all surgically treated patients between 2008 and 2015 diagnosed with a pseudotumour of the lung. The primary endpoint of this study was to estimate the rates of local recurrence and metastasis. Secondary endpoints were to determine the nomenclature, medical history, treatment, and the perioperative course...
June 22, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641320/transcutaneous-oximetry-measurements-of-the-leg-comparing-different-measuring-equipment-and-establishing-values-in-healthy-young-adults
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Tobias P Trinks, Denise F Blake, Derelle A Young, Ken Thistlethwaite, Venkat N Vangaveti
INTRODUCTION: Transcutaneous oximetry measurement (TCOM) is a non-invasive method of determining oxygen tension at the skin level using heated electrodes. AIM: To compare TCOM values generated by different machines and to establish lower limb TCOM values in a cohort of healthy individuals younger than 40 years of age. METHOD: Sixteen healthy, non-smoking volunteers aged 18 to 39 years were recruited. TCOM was obtained at six locations on the lower leg and foot using three different Radiometer machines...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641319/understanding-scuba-diving-fatalities-carbon-dioxide-concentrations-in-intra-cardiac-gas
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Vincent Varlet, Alejandro Dominguez, Marc Augsburger, Maisy Lossois, Coraline Egger, Cristian Palmiere, Raquel Vilarino, Silke Grabherr
INTRODUCTION: Important developments in the diagnosis of scuba diving fatalities have been made thanks to forensic imaging tool improvements. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) permits reliable interpretation of the overall gaseous distribution in the cadaver. However, due to post-mortem delay, the radiological interpretation is often doubtful because the distinction between gas related to the dive and post-mortem decomposition artifactual gases becomes less obvious. METHODS: We present six cases of fatal scuba diving showing gas in the heart and other vasculature...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641315/sequential-vs-concurrent-epirubicin-and-docetaxel-as-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-high-risk-node-negative-early-breast-cancer-an-interim-analysis-of-a-randomised-phase-iii-study-from-the-hellenic-oncology-research-group
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Dimitrios Mavroudis, Emmanouil Saloustros, Ioannis Boukovinas, Pavlos Papakotoulas, Stylianos Kakolyris, Nikolaos Ziras, Charalampos Christophylakis, Nikolaos Kentepozidis, Georgios Fountzilas, Georgios Rigas, Ioannis Varthalitis, Konstantinos Kalbakis, Sofia Agelaki, Dora Hatzidaki, Vasilios Georgoulias
BACKGROUND: Sequential anthracyclines and taxanes are standard adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with high-risk axillary node-positive breast cancer. We compared a sequential to a concurrent regimen in high-risk node-negative early breast cancer. METHODS: Patients were eligible if they had tumours >2 cm or T1c with two of the following characteristics: no oestrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) expression, histological grade III, Ki67 >40% and vascular, lymphovascular or perineural invasion...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641306/a-new-perspective-on-isotretinoin-treatment-of-hidradenitis-suppurativa-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-patient-outcomes
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Christina M Huang, Mark G Kirchhof
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a disease characterized by the development of painful, deep-seeded nodules and abscesses. Treatment guidelines include a combination of lifestyle, surgical, and medical interventions. Isotretinoin has not been included in the treatment guidelines due to the limited number of studies and conflicting reports of efficacy. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical response to isotretinoin in HS patients and to determine whether there is a particular patient population that may benefit more from this treatment...
June 23, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
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